HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1965W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proof of identity will be needed to apply for an European health card; [187880]

(2) what security measures will be put in place to verify identity on the European health card to replace the E111 form. [187881]

Mr. Hutton

A United Kingdom-wide consultation on proposals for introducing the European health insurance card is currently under way. It is likely that the application process will require applicants to provide their UK address together with their National Insurance number or their national health service number, since these best ways available of demonstrating residence in the UK and therefore eligibility to receive NHS services. In all but exceptional circumstances, cards will only be issued to UK addresses.