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Identity Cards: Airports

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of workers at (a) Manchester Airport and (b) London City Airport expected to take up the option of purchasing an identity card in 2010; and how many of those workers are already Critical Workers Identity Card holders. (295020)

All airside workers at Manchester and London City airports will be able to apply for an identity card from later this year. In a written ministerial statement on 30 June 2009, my right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary, confirmed that holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizens and that cards issued to airside workers will be voluntary. During an 18-month evaluation period from launch, there will be no fee charged for identity cards issued to airside workers.