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 Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

The Home Secretary has just said that ethnic minorities have nothing to fear from this measure. Why, then, does the Government's own regulatory impact assessment state:

"There are also cultural problems about getting service providers to ask only certain groups for proof of identity for fear of being accused of discrimination"?

Is not that proof that there is a danger for ethnic minorities?