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Identity Cards

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of identity cards to be issued to (a) foreign nationals and (b) British and Irish citizens resident in the UK in each year to 2014-15. (250833)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: The UK Border Agency expects to issue in the region of 50,000 cards by the end of April 2009 to non-EEA foreign nationals who are subject to immigration control. Volumes will rise rapidly thereafter.

Under current plans over the next three years the scheme will be extended to other categories for non-EEA foreign nationals extending their stay in the UK and be widened to include those coming in to the UK on visas for more than six months. Within three years we expect to be issuing over one million identity cards a year to foreign nationals. All new entrants and those extending their stay will have a card within three years.

The following table summarises the estimated volumes published in the November 2008 National Identity Cards Scheme Cost Report, combining the total volume of Identity Cards and Passports issued by IPS to British and Irish Citizens resident in the UK. The figures for issuing both products were combined as, in many cases, the same application would result in the issue of both a passport and an identity card.

Estimated passport and identity card products issued to British and Irish citizens resident in the UK

(million)

2009-10

5.5

2010-11

5.4

2011-12

5.9

2012-13

7.9

2013-14

10.5

2014-15

12.5

This is the most recently published information on product volumes that is currently available. The Identity and Passport Service is currently developing the product choice offered to customers, as indicated in the National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan published in March 2008. Figures for the projected product volumes will be published in due course.