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Identity Cards

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which groups of people she plans to allow to use a third party address on a national identity card. (251681)

The cardholder’s address will not be shown on the face of an identity card and so anyone who wishes to assert their identity will be able to show their identity card without needing at the same time to reveal their address.

Under the Provisions of the Identity Cards Act, individuals applying for an identity card will need to provide the address of their place of residence. Further definition under secondary legislation will provide that people who have no fixed abode, such as homeless people, may agree a suitable place of abode to be recorded as their place of residence. Each case will depend on the individual circumstances.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long she expects the evaluation of the identity card pilot scheme to take. (258104)

It is intended to phase in identity cards at Manchester and London City airports to employees requiring airside access from autumn 2009. The first 18 months from the start of the scheme will be treated as an evaluation period for the airside workers scheme.