Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:37 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour, City of Durham 9:37 pm, 28th June 2005

I broadly support the Bill. Identity cards could assist with the prevention and detection of crime, the enforcement of controls on immigration and on illegal working and the fight against identity fraud. They could help to deliver more efficient and effective public services. Members who oppose the Bill have failed to base their argument on matters of fact and have succumbed to conjecture or hysteria. In the light of the debate, it would be useful to consider what the Bill will introduce: the establishment of the national identity register, powers to issue biometric identity cards, enabling public and private sector organisations to verify identity subject to the person's consent—[Interruption.]