Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Nick Palmer Nick Palmer Labour, Broxtowe 4:34 pm, 28th June 2005

Does the right hon. Gentleman not accept that it is misleading to suggest that to verify a claim of identity the police require the card itself, as they can merely check the claim against a database? His suggestion is one of the many misleading statements that are being made about the Bill.

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Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 6:05 pm (Report this annotation)

Why cannot these people deal honestly instead of looking for ways to score political points to gain favour with the Leader of the controlling party?
How can a database ascertain your identity without the card being scanned also? It will be at this time that you will need the card scanned to prove any error in the records so you are detained until your card is produced, come on Labour MPs see sense.

Nick Palmer MP
Posted on 13 Apr 2006 4:16 pm (Report this annotation)

I'm sorry that I didn't see this post when it appeared last year - only just caught up with this part of the site. The way it will work is that your fingerprint will be compared with the fingerprint on file. You don't need the card, just your finger. The reason to have the card is simply for convenient verification purposes, in the same way as you might carry a bank card.