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However, holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizensjust as it is now to obtain a passport. Accordingly, I want the introduction of identity cards for all British citizens to be voluntary and I have therefore decided that identity cards issued to airside workers, planned initially at Manchester and London City airports later this year, should also be voluntary. I continue to believe that identity cards will help deliver enhanced security in the airside pass-issuing process at airports by making it easier and more certain to verify an individuals identity. In consultation with the airport operators, we will be encouraging anyone applying for an airside pass to obtain an identity card. There will be significant benefits from a large proportion of airside pass holders having their identity verified and being
issued with identity cards. We have listened to what the unions, airlines and others in the aviation sector have had to say about our plans and as a result we will now seek to achieve these results by inviting applications to be made on a voluntary basis.
The Government will, therefore, be withdrawing the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Designation) Order 2009 which was laid before Parliament on 6 May 2009. This would have made it a requirement for anyone applying for a criminal conviction certificate, as part of the process for obtaining an airside pass to access the restricted area at a specified airport, also to obtain an identity card.
The Government believe that effective identity assurance is the foundation stone of a good personnel security regime in airports and elsewhere and that is why we will be offering identity cards to those working airside in our airports from later this year.
In December 2007, Stephen Boys Smith was commissioned by the Transport Secretary to conduct an independent external review of personnel security arrangements in the UK transport industry. His key conclusion was that effective personnel security starts with identity and that identity cards would play a useful addition to identity assurance at airports and elsewhere in the transport industry. We continue to believe that this is correct and that identity cards will provide and help with enhanced security but we believe that compulsion would be counter-productive given the need to ensure the right environment for their introduction.
We believe the evaluation of identity cards for airside workers will demonstrate the benefits that identity cards can bring to the pre-employment and airside pass issuing processes at Manchester and London airports and that these benefits will encourage airside workers to apply for an identity card. We will continue to work with the aviation industry to agree the ongoing roll out of personal identity cards to airside workers, so these process improvements can also benefit others.
For foreign nationals (from outside the European Economic Area), compulsory identity cards will play an increasingly important part in the delivery of an effective immigration policy and for proving identity and entitlement to work. Therefore I have asked the UK Border Agency to look at how it can speed up the rollout of identity cards for Foreign Nationals including to foreign national airside workers.
A further five Statutory Instruments under the Identity Cards Act 2006 have also been laid before Parliament. These will now be brought before the House for approval. These will be required to allow for the start of the issue of identity cards on a voluntary basis in the autumn.
I am determined to ensure that there is proper oversight of the way the National Identity Service is introduced in order to build public trust. We will shortly be announcing the appointment of the independent Identity Commissioner. I will also be introducing a Public Panel, made up from people from different regions, to ensure that the views of the public are properly reflected and to help us develop an identity rights charter. All of this work will fit within our strategy for safeguarding identity across Government.
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Paul Goggins): I have placed copies of the Youth Justice Agencys Corporate Plan for 2009-11 and Business Plan for 2009-10 in the Libraries of both Houses.
85 per cent. of youth conference reports completed within statutory requirements.
At least 85 per cent. of referrals to result in a youth conference and of those, at least 80 per cent. of young offenders to be satisfied with the process.
Achieve a victim attendance rate of at least 60 per cent. for youth conferences and of those, at least 80 per cent. of victims to be satisfied with the process.
90 per cent. of young people remanded to the Juvenile Justice Centre for one week or more to have a bail assessment commenced within five working days.
90 per cent. of young people under community supervision complete their orders.
All young people referred to the agency under statutory orders to have their risk of offending and other needs assessed and appropriate plans developed.
All young people under a Juvenile Justice Centre Order (JJCO) leaving custody will have a reintegration plan in place for the statutory supervision period within the community.
No escapes from within the Juvenile Justice Centre.
Maintain a rate of restraints within the upper quartile of the best performing similar-sized secure centres in England and Wales.
All children in custody for seven days or more to be screened for mental health needs and, where necessary, referred on to appropriate services.
Maintain level of expenditure within approved budgetary limits.
Publish and lay audited and unqualified 2008-09 annual report and accounts before Parliament prior to its summer recess.
Achieve Investors in People re-accreditation.
At least 80 per cent. of staff to confirm that their essential learning and development needs are being met to a satisfactory level.
The Order lists the roads that are to form the Olympic Route Network (ORN)a network of roads between venues and accommodation to be used during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (the Games) by vehicles carrying the athletes, officials and mediathe Games Familywho are at the heart of the games.
London committed in its bid and in the host city contract for the games to have an ORN. This was because the lessons and experience of previous host
cities is that this is the most effective way to provide the safe, secure and reliable transport for athletes, officials and media between venues and accommodation that is critical to the games success.
The Governments objectives for the ORN are to meet the Games Familys needs while at the same time minimising the impact on residents, businesses and visitors to ensure London and the rest of the UK are kept moving.
The laying of this Order follows consideration of the responses received to the Department for Transports consultation between December 2008 and March 2009 on the roads to be included in the ORN. A full report on the consultation responses and the Government's response will be available on the Department for Transports website at: www.dft.gov.uk and in the Libraries of both Houses. A number of changes have been made to the roads in the ORN in the light of those responses. The Governments response also sets out the Olympic Delivery Authoritys plans, starting this summer, to engage and consult with residents, businesses and other stakeholders
on the design, implementation and operation of the traffic management measures to be applied on the ORN roads during the games.