HC Deb 15 January 2002 vol 378 cc176-7W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is reviewing the draft PIU report into delivering electronic Government in the context of his consideration of entitlement cards and the threats posed by terrorism; when he expects to publish the report; and if he will make a statement. [17195]

Mr. Blunkett

The Performance Innovation Unit (PIU) report "e.Gov-Electronic Government Services for the 21st Century" was published in September 2000 by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister before the Government began their consideration of a universal entitlement card scheme.

The hon. Gentleman may have meant to refer to the PIU study into Privacy and Data Sharing in his question. The results of this study are being considered and will be published in due course. In their consideration of an entitlement card scheme, my officials are working closely with the PIU and the Office of the E-Envoy.

The Government do not consider that an entitlement card scheme would have a significant effect in combating terrorism in the United Kingdom.

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