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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

Then let me speak directly to Conservative Members, Madam Deputy Speaker, to conclude what I have to say.

The Bill is important for the future economy and security of our society. It is important to get it right. I am delighted that the shadow Home Secretary and the leader of the Conservative party have decided to support it, which is the right thing to do. I say to every Conservative Member, as I do to Liberal Democrat Members, that they, like all of us, must face up to our responsibilities in the modern world to take forward the system in the right way.

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David reynolds
Posted on 28 Dec 2004 6:32 pm (Report this annotation)

Important for the future economy... is it being suggested that the addition of this massively expensive piece of bureaucracy will somehow protect our economy from inflation or collapse? Surely the ID card scheme will only serve to move money from the masses, the fees everyone will have to pay etc. to the chosen few who will profit from implementing and administering the scheme.