HC Deb 04 May 2000 vol 349 c214W
Mr. Caton

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purposes his Department requires a birth certificate to be furnished by(a) employees, (b) contractors, (c) those applying for employment and contracts and (d) other persons. [120311]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Each of the Chancellor's Departments and agencies (HM Treasury, HM Customs and Excise, Inland Revenue, National Savings, Office for National Statistics, Royal Mint, Government Actuary, Debt Management Office and Valuation Office Agency) requires, as part of the basic check on new employees, some evidence of identity; age (for pensions purposes); and of the right to work in the UK. Such evidence depends upon whether or not the applicant is a UK or EC national but might be provided from a combination of different documents including a full British passport, P45, valid British driving licence, birth certificate, proof of residence at a given address, etc, or (where relevant) a full EC or other national passport; an identity card issued by an EC country; or other proof of immigration status and/or the right to work. Most Departments also require contractors to make checks similar to the basic check on their employees.

Birth certificates, as evidence of identity, are not required to be furnished by other persons.

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