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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

Let me be very clear. If there are hon. Members who are opposed in all circumstances to a compulsory system, they should vote against the Bill. The measure sets out clearly a process that could lead to a compulsory system at the end, but it does it by a process of voluntary change in taking the matter forward. That is the right process of reform; it is perfectly reasonable, and it is the way we should go. If the hon. Gentleman says that in no circumstances that he can ever foresee should there ever be a system of compulsion, he should certainly vote against the system.

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James Berry
Posted on 22 Dec 2004 10:42 am (Report this annotation)

Erm, I'm very stupid, but isn't this what he's just denied would happen in his previous declamation? So there's no way that this bill is a "salami slicing" approach to compulsory ID cards, but if you don't want compulsory cards, vote against the bill?