House of Lords written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Lord Inglewood Lord Inglewood Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans there are for passports issued by member states of the European Union to include biometric detail.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

A draft regulation presented by the European Commission Document 2004/0039 on 18 February (Council Document 6406/04) will require passports issued by European Union member states to include at least one biometric identifier.

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