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National Identity Register

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements there will be on persons required to register on the National Identity Register to attend interviews. (258117)

In some cases, individuals may be asked to attend an interview when they apply for registration on the National Identity Register or for a replacement card. We will build upon existing practice where first time adult passport applicants are interviewed in order to help confirm their identity.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 157W, on the National Identity Register, whether there will be indirect links between the National Identity Register and other Government databases; and whether third party organisations will have indirect access to the register. (260337)

The Identity Cards Act 2006 sets out the legal basis for the provision of information from the National Identity Register, such as a person’s name or address, in order to assist in verifying that individual’s identity. This will necessitate arrangements for the provision of such information from the register to an authorised person, but it will not involve third party access to the register.