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Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:08 pm on 20th December 2004.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 5:08 pm, 20th December 2004

I pay tribute to the pioneering nature of my hon. Friend's contribution to these discussions and confirm that security forces in countries throughout the world recognise that a system of identification of this kind will help them in the challenges that they face, which are very serious. The question that we have to face is whether we will help them to face those challenges. I acknowledge that there are difficult problems, but I make it clear that I am not arguing that ID cards will somehow solve the issues and prevent the tragedies that arise throughout the world, but I do argue that they will help to solve them, and that is why we should support them.


David reynolds
Posted on 28 Dec 2004 7:28 pm (Report this annotation)

At first I thought Mr Clarke was contradicting himself but then I realised Mr Clarke is not interested in solving the issues that cause terrorism only in "solving" the results of terrorism. By which I presume he means catch the terrorists after the fact. So how will the ID cards identify the culprits once they have committed the act? Will the card start flashing or alert a central control center if the holder commits an act of terrorism? Exactly how will the ID card help "solve" a terrorist act.

David reynolds
Posted on 28 Dec 2004 7:35 pm (Report this annotation)

Should add that I am sure Mr Clarke is interested in solving the issues that cause terrorism, just that, as he said, this is not why he thinks the ID card should be introduced.

James Berry
Posted on 17 Feb 2005 6:43 pm (Report this annotation)

And as with a previous comment wouldn't the money be better spent on prevention or detection, or even (ha, ha, ha - as if) on trying to address some of the problems in the world that give rise to the alleged state of emergency we are in?