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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 Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs 5:08 pm, 20th December 2004

Will the Home Secretary give the House a guarantee that individuals will have access to and be able to see what is held about them on the database?


chris pounder
Posted on 1 Jan 2005 9:22 pm (Report this annotation)

Can I say that the right of access to the database, although useful when there are problems, is overrated. Most of the information (except for the audit trail) on the database will have been provided by the individual concerned and will be known to the individual

Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 6 Jan 2005 4:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Not quite-- remember that s.2(5) of the Bill gives the Home Secretary the power to keep false information in the Register and not correct it if he thinks it is "appropriate" to do so; in that case it would presumably be interesting for the subject to find out what has been recorded about himself, though of course he can't correct it without the Home Secretary's consent.