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Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each (a) ethnicity, (b) age group and (c) sex in each ward of Greater Manchester have a DNA sample stored in the national DNA database. 
Meg Hillier: Information held on the National DNA database (NDNAD) is available on the basis of the police force which added the DNA profile, not the address of the person sampled. Information is, therefore, not available on the number of people in each ward of Greater Manchester who have had a DNA profile added. Information is, however, available on the number of profiles added by Greater Manchester Police (GMP). These do not necessarily relate to residents of Greater Manchester. Tables 1-3 give figures for subject profiles on the NDNAD added by GMP, as at 17 September 2008, broken down by age, ethnic appearance and gender.
The number of profiles is not the same as the number of individuals. This is because a number of subject profiles on the NDNAD are replicates, that is, a profile for a person has been loaded to the NDNAD on more than one occasion. This may arise for a number of reasons, such as a person giving a different name on different occasions they are arrested, or because of upgrading of profiles. It is estimated that 13.3 per cent. of the subject profiles held on the entire NDNAD are replicates. However, this rate may vary between police forces, so figures for the number of individuals are not given for particular forces.
Table 1 shows the number of subject profiles loaded to the NDNAD by GMP, broken down by ethnic appearance. Ethnic appearance is based on the judgment of the police officer taking the sample as to which of six broad ethnic appearance categories the person is considered to belong. 'Unknown' means that no ethnic appearance was recorded by the officer taking the sample.
(2) what estimate she has made of the percentage of the total eligible population that will have an identity card by 2016-17 under the March 2008 delivery plan; and what estimates were made under previous implementation plans. 
Meg Hillier: The following table summarises the estimated volumes published in the May 2008 National Identity Cards Scheme Cost Report, combining the total volume of Identity Cards and Passports issued by the Identity and Passport Service to British and Irish Citizens resident in the UK.
|Estimated passport and identity card products issued to British and Irish citizens resident in the UK|
|Product volume (million)|
This is the most recently published information on product volumes that is currently available. Previous estimates of product volumes are included in National Identity Scheme Cost Reports that may be found at:
The Identity and Passport Service is currently developing the product choice offered to customers, as indicated in the National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan published in March 2008. The figures for the projected product volumes are currently being recalculated and will be published in due course.
Meg Hillier: The most recent timetable for the rollout of the National Identity Scheme was published in the National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan in March 2008, an electronic copy of which may be found on the Identity and Passport Service website at:
The Identity and Passport Service is continuing to work with its partners and suppliers, along with responses received following the recent public consultation, in order to further define the detail of those plans and will publish the result of this work in due course. In addition an updated report on the estimated cost of the identity cards scheme over the next 10 years will be presented to Parliament and published in November 2008.
Meg Hillier: The National Identity Scheme will be available to people aged 16 years and above who legally reside or work in the UK. In the second half of 2009, we will start to issue cards to British and foreign nationals including European Economic Area citizens including Irish nationals working in sensitive roles or locations, starting with airport workers. Irish citizens who have dual British/Irish citizenship will be able to choose to apply for a UK citizens ID Card or an identification card which does not include citizenship and is not valid for travel.
From 2010 and 2011 we will offer identity cards on a voluntary basis to young people and those customers where there is the greatest personal benefit to them in their daily lives from having or using an identity card.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what form the identity register to be used for the initial roll out of the National Identity Scheme to a district subset of the UK population for trialling of the enrolment and verification process will take. 
The National Identity Register established for the issue of the first identity cards under the Identity
Cards Act 2006 starting in the second half of 2009 will need to comply with the same provisions under the Act as when the scheme is subsequently rolled out to allow for enrolment of high volumes of people.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 1WS, on the citizen information project, for what reason the proposal to use the as an adult population register is not listed as part of the 2008 Delivery Plan or Cost Reports; and if she will make a statement on the implications for the population register proposal of initial roll out of the National Identity Scheme to a distinct subset of the UK population for trialling. 
Meg Hillier: The written ministerial statement of 18 April 2006 referred to the recommendation of the Citizen Information Project that evaluated how public money could be saved, and services to citizens improved, by increasing the sharing of basic citizen information (contact details such as name, address and date of birth) across central and local Government.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications were counter-signed by a magistrate or an individual claiming to be a magistrate in the last 12 months for which records are available; in how many cases the validity of the claim was checked; and in how many cases the claim was found to be false. 
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