Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

I can certainly give my hon. Friend the assurance that he seeks. The obligation to make the information correct—to which his central point relates—is accepted, and we can include in the Bill a procedure to ensure that that is clear. I do not think that a tribunal case would be involved, because there is no interest whatsoever in putting inaccurate data on the database. If he feels that some aspects require an appellate structure, I will give thought to that, but it is in no one's interest for wrong data to be on the database. If a mistake of some kind is made—which can of course happen, as he implied—it is important to correct it, in the interests of everyone including, as he suggested, the individual, but also the system.

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:30 pm (Report this annotation)

At the moment the Bill explicitly does not create a duty on the Secretary of State to keep the information in the Register accurate. I would be very surprised if this were to be conceded, because I understand the Home Office to believe that the absence of such a requirement will help them to conceal information about identity where such concealment is necessary, for instance in the case of under-cover police officers. This won't work, because of the use of biometric information in the database, but at least they're trying....