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Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Government-funded residential places were available at any one time for women who were victims of human trafficking in each of the last five years. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 75W, on human trafficking: females, what steps are being taken by the (a) Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre to improve
collection of intelligence of human trafficking; and when she expects improved statistics on the extent of human trafficking in the United Kingdom to be published. 
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the eligibility requirements are for victims of human trafficking to be granted access to safe accommodation funded by the Government. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of the loss of personal documents were recorded by the Identity and Passport Service and its predecessors in each year since 1997. 
Meg Hillier: We will publish an impact assessment for the introduction of identity cards in 2009 before our secondary legislation is brought to Parliament. Our impact assessment will include a review of regulatory, equality and privacy issues.
We have already published a Regulatory Impact Assessment and a Race Equality Impact Assessment, and both the legislation itself and the operation of the Scheme must comply with the Human Rights Act 1998 and Data Protection Act 1998.
Furthermore, the Identity Cards Act makes unauthorised disclosure of information from the National Identity Register a criminal offence. The National Identity Scheme Commissioner will oversee the operation of the scheme, including keeping under review arrangements for securing the confidentiality and integrity of information recorded in the register.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the chip and PIN type process of verification for the identity card scheme will use a PIN checked against encrypted information held on the card or against information held on a central server. 
Meg Hillier: When PIN verification of an identity card is introduced, it is currently planned that the PIN number submitted by the individual would be checked against information held on the card's chip.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2008, Official Report, column 1769W, on identity cards, what the reasons are for the time taken to provide a response; and what additional resources have been allocated to the Independent Sentence Assurance Panel to allow it to fulfil its enhanced remit to include ICT assurance for the identity cards scheme. 
Meg Hillier: The report of the Science and Technology Select Committee was published in July 2006 and the Government's response followed in October 2006. The Independent Scheme Assurance Panel carefully considered the findings of the committee and the need for ICT assurance and have taken on responsibility for high-level ICT assurance. As the Government's response to the Select Committee's report noted, we have sought to use expertise already within the Independent Scheme Assurance Panel, noting that three of its members hold or have held Chief Information Officer or similar positions in substantial organisations.
The scheme includes procurement of replacement and new capabilities to continue to issue and improve the UK passport and support the work of UK Borders Agency. Therefore a decision to cancel would require significant internal work to identify what work would continue and what would need to cease. Further to this, work would then be required to assess the impact on programme structures, staffing, procurements and awarded contracts.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the charge will be for registering a change of (a) name, (b) marital status and (c) address under the proposed national identity card scheme. 
Meg Hillier: Martial status is not recorded on the National Identity Register. As such, a need to update marital status does not arise. It is currently expected that a change of address on an individual's record on the National Identity Register will not incur a fee.
For a change of name, or any change that would require a replacement identity card to be issued, it is proposed that the initial fee for a replacement card will be £30 in 2009-10, subject to an evaluation phase at relevant airports where the fee may be waived for airside workers who are required to enrol on the National Identity Register and are issued with an identity card.
Meg Hillier: The first identity cards for foreign nationals to start from November 2008 will be compulsory. It is also intended that it should become a requirement for people taking up employment in the secure airside area at airports, starting from autumn 2009, to apply for an identity card prior to obtaining an airside security pass.
However, the further roll out of identity cards to British citizens will be on a voluntary basis and from 2012 it is intended to give people applying for passports the option of being issued with a passport or an identity card or both. There are currently no plans for further legislation to make it a requirement for the whole UK population to have an identity card.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6th November 2008, what mechanism will exist to allow the public to check their core identity information on the internet; 
(2) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6th November 2008, how the security of the system to allow identity card holders to check their core identity information online will be protected; 
(3) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6th November 2008, what estimate has been made of the cost of providing the system to allow identity card holders to check their core identity information online. 
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many formal written requests her Department has received from persons expressing the desire to apply early for an identity card. 
Meg Hillier: The Identity and Passport Services has received 1,142 items of correspondence recorded under the theme of wants an identity card from 1 November 2006 to 31 October 2008. IPS may have received other correspondence on the issue that has not been captured in these numbers because, for example, the correspondence may have addressed more than one topic.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether individuals applying for a critical worker identity card in 2009 will have their data retained on the National Identity Register. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 20 November 2008]: Individuals applying for an identity card under the Identity Cards Act 2006 will have basic identity information recorded in a record on the National Identity Register, starting in 2009 with British citizens and European economic area nationals.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the data fields listed in Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 individuals applying for a critical worker identity card in 2009 will be required to supply. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 20 November 2008]: The precise information required for registration onto the National Identity Register will be prescribed in secondary legislation to be approved by Parliament under Section 5 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 and a draft of the application regulations is being published in advance for consultation.
Jacqui Smith: Individuals wishing to enrol onto the National Identity Register and apply for an identity card, starting in the second half of 2009 with airside workers at certain airports, will be asked to record facial image and fingerprint biometric data.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for secondary legislation under section 6 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 to prescribe what biometric information will be stored on the National Identity Register and identity cards. 
Secondary legislation under the Identity Cards Act 2006 is currently being prepared for the introduction of identity cards to airside workers starting in the second half of 2009. On 21 November we published the secondary legislation for consultation. It set out the information, including biometric information that may be recorded on the ID card.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 812W, on identity cards: consultants, what external consultants were given contracts by the Identity and Passport Service; and how much was paid to each. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts have been awarded in relation to the identity card scheme; whom they were awarded to; and what the value of each contract was. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts have been awarded in relation to the Critical Workers' Identity Card scheme; what companies have bid for contracts under the scheme; at what cost those bidders proposed to run the scheme; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier [holding answer 27 October 2008]: One contract has been awarded for delivery of the early releases of the National Identity Scheme. In addition three variations to existing contracts have been agreed to support National Identity Scheme delivery in the short-term. These are with:
(1) Thales for development of technology and processes for approximately £18 million
(2) 3M SP&SL for design and production of cards for approximately £0.7m plus a per-card fee
(3) N-Cipher for public key infrastructure and security related work for approximately £1.3 million
(4) Secure Mail Services for secure delivery of identity cards to customers.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department expects to spend on the national identity card scheme in its (a) first and (b) second year of operation. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role local authorities will play in the operation of the National Identity Card scheme (a) under current plans and (b) if ID cards are made compulsory. 
Meg Hillier: As set out in the National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan, the Government are keen to use existing assets and infrastructure, where appropriate, to deliver the scheme. The precise detail of roll-out plans has yet to be finalised as has the role that local authorities could play, if local authorities choose.
However, local authorities already require people to produce proof of identity in order to access their services
and identity cards will provide a more convenient way for those entitled to services to access them, and help to prevent unauthorised access, from the beginning of the scheme.
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