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 Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

May I take the Home Secretary to the day on which the scheme becomes compulsory? People from the United States, France and Mongolia will possess passports and related documents that entitle them to be in the UK, whereas my right hon. Friend and I will have identity cards. However, people who commute from Donegal to Derry or Doncaster, or from Dublin or Cork to London each week for working Monday to Friday will not possess and cannot be required to possess the identity card. Justice Minister McDowell may be pursuing biometrics for the European passport, but I am told that there is no way on God's earth that the Irish Republic Parliament will introduce compulsory identity card systems—not now and not in a decade. How, then, will it work?

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:55 pm (Report this annotation)

"However, people who commute from Donegal to Derry or Doncaster, or from Dublin or Cork to London each week for working Monday to Friday will not possess and cannot be required to possess the identity card." -- this is not true. The Bill would create the power for the Home Secretary to compel any person or category of persons to register for an ID card, and so he could require Irish citizens working in the UK -- or any other group of people -- to register and pay the £300 or whatever it is. They might not like it, but then the Home Secretary obviously isn't interested in being liked!