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

Not at all. The introduction process that we have discussed links ID cards to the passport, possibly to the driving licence, and possibly to the Criminal Records Bureau. Those are all ways of introducing the card that are not linked to specific ethnic minority groups in any way. What the regulatory impact assessment means is that some people might have concerns about those matters, which is why I have sought to address that specifically in the House.


Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:36 pm (Report this annotation)

The government's own research shows that the "biometric" identification they envisage using is likely not to work very well for many members of ethnic minority groups -- in particular, the iris biometric, which is the only reasonably reliable one, does not work very well for persons of dark eye colour. Those whose biometric details are not recorded in the system are likely to suffer inconvenience (or worse!) when forced to authenticate themselves against the database by some other means, which might happen whenever they access a public service.

for the government's own figures.