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Meg Hillier: In a written ministerial statement on 30 June 2009, Official Report, column 12WS, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced plans to extend the initial coverage of identity cards from Greater Manchester to other locations in the North West of England from early in 2010. In a further written ministerial statement on 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 112WS, I confirmed the plans for this next phase of the roll out.
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Meg Hillier: The Identity Cards Act 2006, and secondary legislation made under the Act, sets out who may be provided with information from an individual's entry on the register and under what circumstances. In particular, the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009, and the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Information and Code of Practice on Penalties) Order 2009 prescribe the Government Departments and public authorities that currently may be provided with information without the consent of the individual.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) incurred in each year since 2003; and how many people were employed by NMPCU in each such year. 
|Staff levels each year for the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit|
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the minimum standards of investigation for mobile telephone crime referred to on the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit are. 
There is a good practice guide concerning all aspects of mobile phone crime that is disseminated to Forces in England and Wales. This guide is available to every police force in England and Wales. The NMPCU advise that their guidance on investigation covers a wide range of topics, from how to identify stolen phones and how to obtain forensic information from them, to prisoners' property and property found in searches.
Forces have received training and have an appointed single point of contact (SPOC) who liaises with NMPCU and can enlist tailored assistance from them as and when the Force considers it to be necessary.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2009, Official Report, column 416W, on passports: fees and charges on which date fingerprint biometric passports will be introduced. 
Alan Johnson: While a precise date has not yet been set, we plan to start issuing fingerprint biometric passports from 2012, so that every adult who decides to apply for a British passport will be offered the choice of being issued with a fingerprint biometric passport or a fingerprint biometric identity card or both documents all on a voluntary basis.
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