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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 Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 5:08 pm, 20th December 2004

Many people in the emergency services, not only the police, argue for ID cards because they would make it much easier to identify people who had been in road traffic accidents. They also say that it would be useful if the ID card could include, on a voluntary basis, some medical record, of, for example, blood type. Is my right hon. Friend still open to that voluntary option?


Owen Blacker
Posted on 25 Dec 2004 3:16 pm (Report this annotation)

Yes, that's what we need. And let's stamp them all "Leper" or "HIV+" as well, shall we? In the name of public health, of course. Gah!

Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 28 Dec 2004 12:09 am (Report this annotation)

It's also worth pointing out that the bracelets etc. worn by many people with conditions such as diabetes to alert medical personnel to their health status are actually no good for this purpose because they (a) are not biometric; (b) are not registered in an enormous database and (c) do not cost anywhere near £6 billion.