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Identity Cards

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he classifies the implementation of biometric passports as part of the identity card scheme. (318714)

The issues of identity cards as well as the introduction of fingerprint biometric passports are part of the National Identity Service. The provisions of the Identity Cards Act 2006 will be amended by further primary legislation so that everyone aged 16 and over who applies for a British passport will have the choice of being issued with an identity card or a passport (or both documents) and for their identity details, including facial image and fingerprint biometrics, to be recorded on the same National Identity Register.