Fingerprints: Children

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

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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 alternatives to a fingerprint database are being considered for children who turn 16 and already have a valid non-biometric passport; and what assessment he has made of their compliance with international requirements for biometrics on passports.

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

Non-biometric passports remain valid until their date of expiry. This includes passports of five year validity issued to children under the age of 16.

International standards on passports relate only to the passport documents, not systems on which records of passports issued are held.

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