Industry and the Environment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:17 pm on 19th May 2005.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 2:17 pm, 19th May 2005

The Government have consistently shifted their ground on the arguments for identity cards. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions took the biscuit when he said that their introduction would enable us to assert our sense of belonging? I have met many people in the Buckingham constituency in the past eight years who feel deprived of a sense of belonging, but no one has yet come up to me and said, "Mr. Bercow, I don't know who I am and I can't assert my sense of belonging because I have not yet been provided with my compulsory ID card by a Labour Government."