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68. It is the Government's policy that registration in the National Identity Scheme should eventually be compulsory for all those resident in the UK who are over the age of 16. The Identity Cards Act 2006 allows for the registering and issuing of an ID card to be linked to the issuing of official documents such as passports and immigration documents. This means that we can issue ID cards to a large proportion of the population while managing the delivery risks. For example, around 8 per cent of the adult population receive a passport each year, but we will never be able to issue everyone in the UK with an ID card by this method. At some time in the future, further primary legislation will be laid before Parliament to provide the powers to issue ID cards to the rest of the population.

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