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 David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

If we should not be at all concerned about these proposals, following all the reassurances that my right hon. Friend is giving, why would the Information Commissioner say that the ID card would be an "unnecessary and disproportionate intrusion" into our liberty? Should not we take Mr. Thomas's comments very seriously indeed? Is it not also a fact that, if we had a free vote on the Bill tonight, it would certainly be thrown out?

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John Paul Glendenning
Posted on 29 Jun 2005 5:10 pm (Report this annotation)

The information commissioner made a detailed statement outlining his concerns about the proposed legislation. It seems to me that the Minister entirely fails to address these concerns in his response - most specifically - the Information commissioner's concerns regarding the amount of personal information to be stored. Also I would point out that the Minister fails to make any convincing argument that might actually justify the whole project.

Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 3:56 pm (Report this annotation)

Watch the silent headlines ~

Information Commissioner Mr. Thomas resigns or even discredited for having the audacity to criticise a government 'flagship' bill.