Identity Cards

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th March 2006.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Scotland 2:30 pm, 20th March 2006

What discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on the introduction of identity cards.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary meets his colleague the First Minister regularly to discuss a range of issues, including identity cards. It has always been for the Scottish Executive and Parliament to decide whether ID cards should be used for accessing devolved public services, and the First Minister and my right hon. Friend are entirely in agreement on that.

Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Scotland

The Minister will be aware that the devolved Executive have stated clearly that they do not wish to use identity cards for access to devolved services. Will further meetings be arranged to find out the true feeling of the Scottish Executive and of the Scottish people, who would prefer to spend their money not on this expensive scheme but on additional police and security services? Will the Government accept the will of the public and of the majority of Members in this House, who believe that the ID card scheme is fatally flawed?

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Home Office is always assiduous in its research. In answering his question, I can go the extra mile and be even more authoritative, because I visited the Gyle shopping centre in his constituency on 14 September with the biometrics roadshow. If he will permit me, I will read the first three entries in the public comments book from that day.

"Good demonstration, and it worked."

"Great idea. Wonderful demonstration."

"It is good to see new technology being utilised for something that is so useful to our society."

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman speaks for his constituents with authority, but I, too, have consulted them, and there is strong support among them for our proposals.

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These anecdotes cannot be construed as evidence.

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Walter Nimmo

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