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Identity Cards: Local Government

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the functions will be of local authorities in the trials of identity cards in beacon areas. (271230)

As announced on 6 May 2009, residents of Greater Manchester (the city’s 10 boroughs) will be the first British citizens to be able to apply for a voluntary ID card from autumn 2009.

The precise details of the role that local authorities might play in the future rollout of ID cards in any chosen geographical location have yet to be determined, bearing in mind the need to make use of existing assets and infrastructure, where appropriate, to deliver the National Identity Service.