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Identity Cards

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ensure staff in the businesses they refer to in their website statement on ID cards as trusted high street businesses will be trained in security issues; if so by whom; for how long; and how the operation will be regulated by the Home Office. [HL3418]

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will accredit high street businesses which can demonstrate that they meet our stringent security and service requirements. These requirements will always be defined by the Government and will include security training. It is planned that accredited organisations will need to demonstrate that staff have received the necessary training, which will include all aspects required to ensure the service is delivered securely.

Our approach will ensure that the integrity of a person's biometric data is paramount and that they are not used in any way in the application process other than for the purpose for which they were provided. Work on completing detailed requirements is continuing before the launch of such partnerships in 2011-12.