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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21st November 2007.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 21st November 2007

I have already announced the inquiries that we have set up, but let me say that 22 out of 25 European countries have identity cards. The right hon. Gentleman's own security adviser proposes identity cards. His own reviewer of the national police force—the border force—says that he is in favour of identity cards. What we must ensure is that identity fraud is avoided, and the way to avoid identity fraud is to say that for passport information we will have the biometric support that is necessary, so that people can feel confident that their identity is protected.

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Frederick Clark
Posted on 28 Nov 2007 3:29 pm (Report this annotation)

First of all, there are 45 formally independent states in Europe (maybe Kosovo will someday become one too). Buy an atlas, OK?
Secondly, yes, in no less than 22 European countries there are ID cards - and in all of these countries ID cards are costly failures. In not a single European country have they prevented terrorist attacks nor murders. The French DO have ID cards since 1940 (introduced by the Vichy regime to find Jews and deport them to Auschwitz), but their ID cards have NOT prevented any terrorist attacks. The Finns DO have ID cards, but ID cards have FAILED to prevent the recent school shooting which happened in Finland. ID cards cannot replace border guards.