Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2005, Official Report, column 1915W, on identity cards, whether mechanisms are planned to be put in place to ensure that radio frequency identification tags will not be used in the identity card scheme at some future date without this matter being decided by primary legislation; and if he will make a statement.
Andy Burnham (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office; Leigh, Labour)
There are no plans to use radio frequency identification tags, as they would serve no purpose which is relevant to the identity cards scheme. The Identity Cards Bill which is currently before Parliament provides a power for Parliament to approve regulations prescribing the form in which information is to be recorded in or on an ID card. The Government believes that this is the appropriate level of Parliamentary scrutiny which is consistent with the report on the Bill of the House of Lords Delegated Powers Committee.