Mobile Phones: Pay-as-you-go

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2007.

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Photo of Viscount Waverley Viscount Waverley Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make it compulsory for proof of identity to be produced when individuals apply for a pay-as-you-go mobile telephone SIM card.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

This issue was considered in detail by an expert group comprising representatives of law enforcement, the security and intelligence agencies and communications service providers following the terrorist attack on London in July 2005. The experts' findings remain valid. They concluded that the compulsory registration of ownership of mobile telephones would not deliver any significant new benefits to the investigatory process and would dilute the effectiveness of current self-registration schemes.

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