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

That was a terribly tragic situation, but I am afraid that my hon. Friend makes the case that I am seeking to make. The falseness that she describes—to be honest, it arises with a number of the documents of people working in this country illegally—is possible because we do not have a substantial biometric element in the identification cards that exist. The biometric element will make a material difference to people's ability to forge those documents.

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 3 Jul 2005 12:02 am (Report this annotation)

Biometrics make no difference whatever to the ability of people to forge documents. I am not sure to what confusion of thought we can ascribe Mr Clarke's repeated statements that they will. A biometric might allow it to be shown that a certain document belongs to a certain person, but that is not the same thing at all.