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Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:29 pm on 20th December 2004.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Bennett Mr Andrew Bennett Labour, Denton and Reddish 7:29 pm, 20th December 2004

It is not true that nobody else can use the card. That is one of the problems. People can be caught for illegally using a card only if someone is going to check it. That is the difficulty: false security, which is my next point. We all have House of Commons passes. There was a time at which, when an hon. Member entered the House of Commons, a policeman looked at them and their card, but that does not happen any longer; we can simply push our card into one of the machines. That creates a false security.

I have seen youngsters in pubs with so-called ID cards, and they can pass them around when someone goes to the bar. It is perfectly all right if there is a reader at that point, but we will not have readers on every street corner to check the cards. That is the problem—a false sense of security.