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Identity Documents Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:43 am on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge 10:43 am, 29th June 2010

I am interested in clauses 4 to 6 and parts of clause 10, which will re-create parts of the 2006 Act. We will begin with clauses 4 to 6 and then move on to clause 10. Mr Metcalfe, you claim that much of clauses 4 to 6 merely re-enacts existing information from the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. To what extent are the clauses a simplification of the long list of  other Acts that you mention? Are there benefits in having new, clearly defined offences, or would the effect be exactly the same without them?