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Identity Cards

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009


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To ask Her Majesty's Government how a business or an employer without a biometric reader will check whether an ID card is genuine. [HL3419]

The identity card will contain a number of visual security features that can be verified by those businesses without access to a biometric reader, in order to confirm that the card presented is genuine. Guidance on these features will be made available at the appropriate time to businesses and employers.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in light of the increase in cost of ID cards, how much they expect each card to cost an individual who asks for one. [HL3444]

ID card specific costs remain unchanged as set out in the response to PQ HL3449. Similarly, the fee to an individual also remains unchanged. In 2009 and 2010, the ID card will be issued to volunteers at a charge of £30, in line with ministerial commitments. The charging strategy beyond 2010 has not yet been agreed.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions the proposed implementation of ID cards is being undertaken. [HL3445]

The rollout of the National Identity Service and proposals for the introduction of identity cards are described in the National Identity Service Delivery Update 2009 published on 6 May 2009. A copy of this document is available in the Library of the House and may be found at delivery_report_8.pdf. The Identity Cards Act 2006 sets out the statutory basis for the introduction of identity cards and the detailed arrangements, such as the information on the card, the application process and the fee to be charged, will be set out in secondary legislation under the Identity Cards Act.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken steps to have cancellation penalty clauses built into the ID card contracts; and, if so, what they are. [HL3448]

All contracts for the National Identity Service contain provisions for termination. Termination provisions are based on Office of Government Commerce guidance and include terms for ending a contract in the case of poor performance or where a decision is made to terminate early (for “convenience”). In the case of termination for convenience where 12 to 18 months’ notice is given a supplier may recover costs incurred and those associated with terminating the contract. Where less than 12 to 18 months’ notice is given, in addition to costs incurred, anticipated profit lost as a result of the decision to terminate may be claimed.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what has justified the increase in costs of the development of ID cards; and what changes have been made in the terms of contracts which have been entered into. [HL3449]

The ID card specific costs in the last cost report were £1,190 million for the time period of October 2008 to October 2018 in 2008-09 prices. In this cost report the cost is £1,310 million for the time period of April 2009 to April 2019 in 2009-10 prices.

The contracts just awarded in April 2009 for application and enrolment and the National Biometric Identity Service have not increased these total costs. The contracts for passport design and production and card design and production will be awarded later in 2009.