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Identity Cards: Databases

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 77W, on identity cards: databases, what the prescribed circumstances are under which information may be provided from the National Identity Register under the Identity Cards Act 2006; and to which organisations such information has been provided. (314334)

The Identity Cards Act 2006, and secondary legislation made there under, sets out who can be provided with information from an individual's entry on the Register and under what circumstances. In particular, the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009, and the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Information and Code of Practice on Penalties) Order 2009 prescribe government departments and public authorities respectively who may be provided with information without the consent of the individual.

So far, information has been provided to the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that the UK Border Agency and consular posts abroad can be notified of any identity cards that have been reported lost or stolen.