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Identity Cards

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the estimated total value of the contract to distribute identity cards and check the associated applications forms; and what consideration they have given to awarding this contract to Post Office Ltd. [HL4397]

The Identity Cards Scheme Cost Report published in May 2008 sets out the expected costs for the delivery of the scheme as a whole, which includes identity cards and passports. In many cases, the same application will result in the issue of both a passport and an ID card. The full cost of registering individuals for passports and ID cards is included in common costs because the same technology infrastructure and business processes will be used, thus costs cannot be separated for identity cards only.

The delivery of the national identity scheme will mainly be via private sector contracts. The majority of these will be procured using the recently awarded Strategic Supplier Group framework. Royal Mail Group expressed an interest in this procurement and was one of 46 firms that attended a briefing session at the start of this procurement.

The five suppliers appointed following this procurement (CSC, EDS, Fujitsu, IBM and Thales) may propose other organisations as subcontractors to deliver capabilities. In addition to the Strategic Supplier Group framework, the Identity and Passport Service will use other procurement mechanisms to achieve value for money such as that recently launched procurement for passport production.