Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Chair, Home Affairs Committee 6:35 pm, 28th June 2005

I believe that the country needs an identity card system and a national identity register and I will vote for the Bill. I want to spend most of my limited time on the way in which the Government may find a way forward after tonight's vote, so I do not want to rehearse all the arguments for the principle of an identity card scheme.

However, the critics of the scheme overstate the amount of intrusion that it implies. The register will carry less information than private companies. For example, the amount of information held on those who have a Nectar card is far greater.

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Joe Bunting
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 10:07 am (Report this annotation)

The, obvious, difference between ID Cards and Nectar cards is that I can choose to have a Nectar if I think I will gain some benefit from it whereas I will have no choice with ID cards and be forced to buy one even though I can see no benefit at all in having one.

Alan Taylor
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 9:40 pm (Report this annotation)

I don't recall the Nectar Card starting as voluntary then becoming compulsory with a very purchase price to the card holder, I accept that the Nectar database may hold more information at the moment but this bill if en-acted will permit a Minister to add to it at will, something this present parliamentary party in government are engrossed in.