Passports: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 17th June 2010.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what categories of information currently held on the National Identity Register she does not plan to hold on the UK Passport Database;

(2) what her plans are for the future of the UK Passport Database.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 9 June 2010

The Identity Documents Bill presented to Parliament on 26 May 2010 confirms the commitment in the Coalition Agreement to scrap ID cards and destroy the National Identity Register. The information contained on the National Identity Register which is additional to that held on the UK passport database includes fingerprints, National Insurance Number, details from identity card applications, changes to names and address following issue of the document, and personal questions and answers allowing such changes to be made securely to an individual's entry on the National Identity Register. The 2006 Act provided for up to 50 pieces of personal information to be stored from each person on the National Identity Register.

The existing UK passport database will continue to support the issuing of passports and to hold the same information as that currently requires.

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