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Identity Cards: Public Opinion

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many items of correspondence her Department has received on identity cards and the national identity database in the last two years; and how many expressed (a) support for and (b) opposition to the Government's policy; (241661)

(2) how many written requests her Department has received from persons expressing the desire to apply early for an identity card.

The Identity and Passport Services has received 3,073 items of correspondence regarding the identity cards and the National Identity Register from 1 November 2006 to 31 October 2008.

Correspondence received regarding the national identity scheme is not recorded as being in support of or in opposition to identity cards.

The volume of correspondence on the national identity scheme is recorded each month. The detail of the correspondence received is recorded by theme. The list of themes is not exhaustive and can be added to as required. One letter can generate multiple themes.

From October 2007 to September 2008, the number one theme every month, accounting for by far the most common subject matter, has been “Wants an ID Card”. The Identity and Passport Services received l,142 items of correspondence recorded under the theme of “wants an identity card” from 1 November 2006 to 31 October 2008.