National Identity Register

Home Department written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to charge (a) accredited organisations and (b) other Government Departments for identity checking services via the National Identity Register.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Home Secretary, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

It is the Government's intention to fund the National Identity Scheme primarily through fee income for the products and services that arise from the scheme. This may include fees for use of identity verification services.

However, the level of fee and the way it is charged, depends on a number of factors: (a) the final cost of providing such services, as determined in procurement negotiations with suppliers (b) the particular type(s) of identity verification service used and (c) the approval of schedule of fees for the scheme by Parliament.

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