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 agree with my hon. Friend that some of the fantastic figures circulating around in the media have given rise to the concern that he expressed. I am prepared to say that it is right to give an assurance about the cap, but I am not prepared to say at this stage precisely what the cap will be. Before the Bill leaves the House, however, I will give such an assurance.


Joe Bunting
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 10:58 am (Report this annotation)

A cap on the price of ID cards is simply a trick to get people to sign up to the scheme. We will pay the same price through taxation or directly.

If the card is not compulsory but people are purchasing it to get the many benefits it is said to provide I don't see why I should pay for that in my taxes if I do not want a card myself.

Aidan Boustred
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 12:44 pm (Report this annotation)

If they offered to cap the cost to the taxpayer with any overspend being picked up personally by the MPs who voted in favour, then that would be a cap worth having. We'd see then how confident they are of their cost estimates.

Richard Johnson
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 9:57 pm (Report this annotation)

I dislike the confusion here, on the one hand there is the cost to the tax payer of this ridiculous system. Then there is the cost price that will be charged to each person who gets a card. The two figures seem to be being confused. The 300-400 pound per card quoted in a recent report was for the first type of "cost", the Home Secretary keeps talking about the second type of cost.

Perhaps it would be better to refer to the cost of the card and the selling price of the card.

Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 4:43 pm (Report this annotation)

The government seems to be the majority of those wanting this ID Card system, so why not legislate it mandatory immediately and issue it free to all who register.