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National Identity Register

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to make use of data on the national identity register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA will be working with the Home Office prior to the introduction of the national identity scheme to establish how identity information held on the proposed national identity register might be used to provide easier access to DEFRA's services for our customers. It is too early in the process to establish the detailed costs and benefits.

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