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Counterterrorism

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any civil servants have transferred from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) to assist with the launch of identity cards; if so, how many; and whether any civil servants are assisting with the launch of identity cards from within OSCT. [HL300]

There has been no transfer of staff within the Home Office from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) in connection with the public launch of identity cards for British Citizens, and nor have OSCT staff been assisting with the launch. OSCT work closely with IPS regarding all aspects of the National Identity Service (NIS), to help ensure that where possible this can also support the Government’s counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST.