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Identity Cards: Foreigners

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to use the receipts from foreign nationals from charges in respect of (a) identity cards and (b) registering biometric information to meet the cost to the public purse of the identity card scheme; and what estimate she has made of the amount of such receipts from foreign nationals in each of the next 10 years. (243298)

The operational cost of the Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals scheme, including capturing and registering biometric information, will be fully recovered through the application fees.

We review and set fees annually. We do not currently have estimates of fee income for each of the next 10 years as fees have not yet been set for future years. We will continue to set fees in a way which ensures those who benefit from the system make an appropriate contribution towards the end to end costs of the immigration system.