HC Deb 08 May 2000 vol 349 c296W
Mr. Caton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. [120317]

Mr. Straw

Birth certificates are one of the documents requested as proof of identity and age for recruitment and pension purposes. They are also normally required for the issue of passports and for applications to remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of marriage to a British Citizen. My Department does not normally require existing employees or contractors to provide birth certificates.