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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 5:30 pm on 18th October 2005.

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Photo of Mark Fisher Mark Fisher Labour, Stoke-on-Trent Central 5:30 pm, 18th October 2005

The Minister referred to the fact that people should be able to prove who they are, and in answer to Mr. Ellwood cited the usefulness of passports in establishing people's identity before they went on a flight. The difference between a passport and an identity card, as far as I can work out, is that for a passport one's identity must be vouched for by a responsible person such as a doctor, magistrate or Member of Parliament. Will every person who registers for an identity card have to obtain an endorsement from an outside person?