§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the use of smart card technology in his Department and in the areas for which it is responsible; and what discussions he has had with private companies about the use of smart card technology within his Department. 
§ Dr. John Reid
Electronic access control systems, many of which operate by smart cards, are extensively used in all premises occupied by my Department. Suppliers in the private sector are consulted as necessary.