New Clause 2 — Passport fees for holders of ID cards

Part of 18. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Charges) – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 15th September 2010.

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Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Shadow Minister (Home Office) 2:15 pm, 15th September 2010

If the hon. Gentleman had had the courtesy to listen, he would have heard me deal with that point at the beginning of my comments.

We also suggest an alternative, so the Government have a choice. The Minister has two options in order to be fair to those members of the British public who bought a card in good faith. The alternative is to allow cards to continue for 10 years and, again, with the permission of the individual cardholder, for data to be migrated to the passport database, which is not a terribly difficult transaction, so that ID cards can continue as passports. We recognise that that is not a perfect solution, because with few cards already out there and, given all the points that we rehearsed in Committee about someone's ability to recognise the document, there might still be issues. However, that would represent a choice for the individual who had paid their £30 to have the card.