National Identity Register

Home Department written question – answered on 17th May 2006.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the commercial value to the Government of the information stored about individuals in the National Identity Register.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government have made clear that commercial organisations will not have access to the information held on the National Identity Register and the Identity Cards Act 2006 does not make provision for such access. Thus, no such valuation has been conducted. The Identity and Passport Service plans to recover the majority of operational costs from fees. This will include the cost of the Identity Verification Service, which will be established under section 12 of the Identity Cards Act and will allow verification of identity by organisations such as banks, with the consent of the individual.

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