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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

We have certainly taken that into account, and the fact that we are part of a common travel area is fully addressed.

Perhaps I could deal with the question of devolution at this point. We will have a common identity card on a UK-wide basis and cards will be issued UK-wide. Provisions requiring people to register for cards will apply UK-wide. Any requirement to use cards under clauses 15 to 17 for services that are the responsibility of the Westminster Parliament will be a matter for this Parliament. However, where services are devolved, it will be a matter for the relevant devolved authority. Transport security is a matter that operates in the European area.


Owen Blacker
Posted on 25 Dec 2004 3:12 pm (Report this annotation)

I'd be very interested to read how and where the impact of the Common Travel Area have been covered in the Bill. Having read and analysed it, cover to cover, for NO2ID, I think the Rt Hon Secretary of State might be mistaken.