The Identity Cards Act 2006 establishes the concept of a designated document. When an individual applies for a designated document they will also be required to apply for an identity card.
Secondary legislation, due to come before Parliament shortly, proposes the designation of criminal conviction certificates that have been applied for by airside workers who would be expected to produce the criminal conviction certificate before they were issued with an airside pass.
The draft secondary legislation is included in the Identity Cards Act Secondary Legislation consultation document which is available at:
I would refer the hon. Member to that document.
It was announced in November that we wanted to find a way to give members of the public who already see the benefits of ID cards a chance to get one this year.
The Identity and Passport Service have been working hard to make this happen and will launch a website on DirectGov in the next few months. The site will give the public a wealth of information about how to best prove and protect their identity, as well as keeping people updated about how they can apply for an identity card.
Further work to publicise identity cards is being planned.
When we begin to issue identity cards from the second half of this year we will issue real identity cards backed up by the National Identity Register. This will not be a temporary register.
The early rollout stages of the national identity scheme will involve a limited number of individuals and so we would expect that initially very few biometric checks will be made.