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

First, the point that I was making about Madrid is very simple. Contrary to what some people allege, ID cards have had an impact in helping to address the issues of Madrid. I am not making any proposition about mobile phones or any other service, but I am saying that the suggestion that ID cards cannot address questions such as the appalling bombing in Madrid is not correct.

On the second point, the fact is that we are saying in the legislation—again, we can discuss this in Committee if my hon. Friend has concerns about it—that organisations are entitled to use ID cards to identify people in those circumstances after they have become compulsory, but that it will also be possible for individuals to use other material if they wish to do so. Of course, the detail of that matter can be discussed in Committee if we make progress, but that is where we are.

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Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 5:29 pm (Report this annotation)

Arrr! So Charles Clarke now states when the ID card is compulsary it will be mandatory to always carry it on your person.
Now the truth starts to emerge, so disabled people will not be entitled recourse to law by legal action against a vendor as defined in the disabled discrimination act, come on if this bill is en-acted make it so with a clear ammendment that it is mandatory but FREE of cost to the ID card holder. You want it you pay for it, why should we.