National Identity Register

Home Department written question – answered on 30th November 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Lord Stoddart of 14 October 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, columns 26-7WA, on the national identity register, how many fingerprints (a) per person and (b) in total he expects to be stored on the national identity register from 2012.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

10 fingerprint images will be recorded as part of an individual's identifying information on the National Register and two fingerprint images will be held on the chip in the identity card. Currently over 5 million passports are issued each year and it is intended that, from 2012 when fingerprint biometric passports are introduced, every adult applying for a British passport will be offered a choice of being issued with a fingerprint biometric passport or identity card (or both documents) and their identity details and fingerprint biometrics will be recorded on the National Identity Register.

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