Identity Cards - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate Non-affiliated 2:52 pm, 30th April 2019

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the pass I am wearing is a very useful identity card in a sense but that we rely more on the skills of the doorkeepers and the people who know us, rather than this identity card? Would it not be better to have a card that identified the holder with the card? It would then be a biometric identity card and would clearly identify, at a minute’s notice, people coming into the country and people stopped by the police. It would be far better than what we have at the moment. Passports have biometric information on them and we use them, so how do identity cards differ? Clearly, they would help in the fight against terrorism and serious crime.