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 do take seriously the concerns of various organisations representing minority ethnic communities, and those of my hon. Friend Ms Abbott, with whom we have also discussed this point in the past. I do not accept her argument that the Bill offers a pretext for police to behave differently from how they do now. The powers are there right now for the police to act in the way that they do. The ID card does not change that regime.


Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 4:11 pm (Report this annotation)

In 1998 the then Sectretary of State gave firm assurances that the Crime & Disorder Act would not affect the way the police officers on truancy patrols would act - it did and still does in 2005 and it is proven time again that the police and the education authorities do not read or if so take notice of the Guidance Document which was issued instead of ammending a clause before the bill became an act. This was and still is your government Mr Clarke so why should we believe your assurances yet again?
Put the assurances into the bill and not in guidance then all know exactly when it is spelt out in an Act.