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Citizen information register

30 September 2003

The Guardian newspaper reports today that the Cabinet sub-committee on public expenditure is understood to have given backing for development of a central population register, ostensibly to replace the multipe existing citizen databases covering areas such as tax, national insurance and passports.

Proposals for a central population register with a unique personal identifier were included in a Home Office consultation paper issued last year, focusing on the introduction of a national entitlement card scheme.

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