§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in her Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions she has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within her Department. 
§ Ms Hewitt
My Department uses smart cards to protect the facilities providing remote access to our corporate computer systems. Some 800 staff currently use smart cards in this way.
My officials discuss options for the use of smart card technology within the Department periodically with relevant companies, especially those providing us with ICT support.