Elections Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 24 March 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire 2:15, 24 March 2023

On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Yesterday, during business questions, I asked the Leader of the House to bring forward a debate on the Government’s plans for the introduction of digital IDs. In her response, the right hon. Lady stated that the Government have

“no such plans to introduce the measures”—[Official Report, 23 March 2023;
Vol. 730, c. 457.]

that I alluded to. On 4 January 2023, the Cabinet Office published a consultation titled “Consultation on draft legislation to support identity verification”. The ministerial foreword to that consultation states:

“This Government has made a commitment to improve the way that data and information is shared and used across the public sector to deliver better, joined up services and exceptional outcomes for our citizens… the government is committed to realising the benefits of digital identity technologies without creating ID cards.”

My question yesterday was substantively about digital ID. The Leader of the House’s answer was demonstrably factually incorrect. I would welcome your advice as to how the Leader of the House may set the record straight, Mr Deputy Speaker.