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Electronic Government: International Cooperation

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is playing in the EU's STORK programme; and what recent discussions the IPS has had with its EU counterparts on storing fingerprints on microchips. (320913)

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is leading the UK contribution to Project STORK as a member of a consortium within the EU who are working together to pilot a cross border solution for the delivery of e-services. The project is part of the European Union Competitiveness and Innovation Framework programme.

IPS has frequent contact with many of its EU counterparts, both bilaterally and during the course of EU policy and technical meetings, where the use of fingerprints in travel documents is sometimes discussed.