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Identity Cards: Welsh Language

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether identity cards will be produced (a) in English and Welsh, (b) in English only and (c) in Welsh only when asked for by an individual; (247079)

(2) what estimate she has made of the extra costs of producing identity cards in Welsh and English instead of in English.

The initial identity cards issued to British citizens, starting in the second half of 2009 to airside workers at a small number of airports, including Manchester and London city airports, will have headings in English and French in line with travel document standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This follows the practice for passports.

The Government are looking at the possibility of issuing identity cards in Wales that would in addition have headings in the Welsh language and, while it cannot be for the initial cards issued from 2009, we are exploring this for the next generation of identity cards.

Details of the cost of doing so are not yet available.