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 Ian Paisley Ian Paisley Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for the letter that he sent to our party on this issue, which we have found helpful. But will he confirm to this House that none of the data that we are discussing can be dispensed outside this United Kingdom? The Taoiseach has made it clear that the Irish Government are going to go for this and reference has been made to some form of cross-border arrangement. That would be very serious indeed, when the members of the security forces and others walk with the threat of the IRA on them. They would not need to gather news about threats; they would get it if Government data were available. I would like an assurance on that from the Home Secretary.

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:50 pm (Report this annotation)

The IRA will easily be able to obtain information from the National Identity Register by coercing authorised persons, for instance police officers or civil servants working on the scheme, into supplying it. Typically members of the IRA would kidnap members of the families of such persons and threaten their lives in order to compel cooperation. This much-used tactic has been used with considerable success, for instance in the recent Northern Bank robbery.