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Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:47 pm on 20th December 2004.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office) 5:47 pm, 20th December 2004

Frankly, I expect the Government, rather than this House, to check their technical information. Biometrics encompasses a whole range of technologies, such as fingerprint technology and iris reading, both of which can be fooled. It could also encompass DNA technology—that is too slow, however—and facial recognition. I suspect that the Government will have to run at least two completely different systems in order to reduce the odds of being defeated. If the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, his question is one for the Minister to answer, not me.