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Clause 1 — The National Identity Register

Part of Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:38 pm on 18th October 2005.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour, West Bromwich West 4:38 pm, 18th October 2005

I have been listening to the hon. Gentleman's argument, and I accept that identity cards would not prevent a particular incident from taking place. However, their use and a register would make it much easier to identify people using multiple identities subsequently, and would therefore aid their capture and reduce the global pool of would-be terrorists.


Steve George
Posted on 19 Oct 2005 11:22 am (Report this annotation)

There will be no impact on preventing terrorism. This system will only identify a UK citizen who has an identity card. So foreign terrorists won't be covered.

In the case of UK citizens we already have multiple ways of getting identification. The most likely is that we have the face of an attacker, in which case they will be identified by the public (see 7/7 attacks); if the person uses a mobile phone then their records exist; if the person uses a credit card their records exist. If they were a previous suspect we have the DNA database.

The only place a terrorist would need one would be to enter another country ie to escape. In which case you would use an ID from another country (for example a small third-world one) that couldn't be checked.

There's no identifiable circumstance where a terrorist attack would be prevented by ID cards.