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

In each case, it will be a matter for the authority providing a public service to consider whether it is in its interests to have an ID card system. For example, if Camden council decides that it is beneficial to Camden council to have a different form of ID check in its libraries from the system that currently exists to ensure that people do not steal books, it will decide to put in the readers that are necessary. We are not requiring the authorities to do it; no one says that they have to do it. They will make a decision. [Interruption.] I hear a sedentary intervention saying that we are requiring people to carry cards. That is simply untrue, as I have said before, and that is precisely the point about this whole approach. My point, and it is a very serious point when we look at the benefits, is that each organisation will make its own assessment as to whether there is a benefit in having an ID card system.

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Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 5:08 pm (Report this annotation)

Compulsary carrying of ID cards is certainly highlighted by Mr Clarke yet again, he intends it be done by third party stealth. So when will Tesco's refuse to serve customers who do not have their loyalty card, or for a nod and a wink in business terms require customers to produce a ID card to qualify for their loyalty card by offering 1000 points for having your ID card scanned.
Be up front and honest Mr Clarke and make ID cards mandatory and FREE if they will assist as you say. Surely it is the government that really wants this scheme and not Joe Public !