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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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Shami Chakrabarti: Perhaps Dr Huppert is edging towards a concern that passports are governed by the prerogative and not by statute, and that is a different  question and a bigger question. As far as the Bill goes, I actually think that clause 10 is a pretty good data-sharing power as they go. It is pretty specific in that at least this is limited to the purposes of the issue of passports. If I may say so, I think your bigger concern is that you would, I suspect, like to see passports put on a statutory footing and not left to the prerogative, but I suspect that that may be an issue for another day.