Biometric Identity Cards

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 9 July 2007.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration) 2:30, 9 July 2007

The House will remember words said by my right hon. Friend Joan Ryan who quoted some of the material that has been found in al-Qaeda training manuals encouraging would-be terrorists to proliferate the number of identities that they have. It was the former director general of the Security Service who put it well when she said:

"Widespread use of false documents is an essential aspect of terrorist activities... ID cards will make it more difficult for terrorists to operate."