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 John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

Clause 15 says that the Government can demand the production of an ID card for purposes connected with the provision of a public service. Which public services have the Government in mind, and how many abuses does the Home Secretary think are currently taking place because of false identities?


John Paul Glendenning
Posted on 29 Jun 2005 5:03 pm (Report this annotation)

I seem to recall that Ministers have previously refered to the proposed ID card as an 'entitlement' card. The implication is that access to certain public services will therefor depend upon its production. Bit of a problem then for the likes of me - who will REFUSE to have one - whatever rules the Government put in place !

Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 3:43 pm (Report this annotation)

Upon the information made available to date every British Subject [darn to the word Citizen] should follow the lead suggested by John Paul Glendenning.
Most commons laws now have the clause which permits the Secretary of State to 'adjust' the law as and when [s]he deems fit without full consideration by both houses, which seems enroute to a dictatorship of the future.