HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 cc1037-8W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether(a) convicted and (b) suspected terrorists in the United Kingdom are using (i) multiple and (ii) false identities. [170344]

Bureau carried out 396,549 checks for volunteer applicants at a cost of £9,634,430 to the Department. The breakdown of the above figures on a monthly basis is shown in the table.

Mr. Blunkett

We are aware that the use of false and multiple identities is a well established practice used by those who wish to disguise and facilitate involvement in serious crime, including terrorism. We know that at least 35 per cent. of terrorists use false or multiple identities.

An identity cards scheme which made it far more difficult to establish multiple identities will help to disrupt terrorist support networks. That is why the Government are introducing such a scheme.