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Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, they will not—[Interruption.] Let me make two points. The overall pricing strategy for these documents will be determined after the Bill has received Royal Assent, as we have made clear all the way through. We have given a variety of indications about unit costs, and we have made various commitments in the House that will be honoured, but the actual pricing strategy will be determined...

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I will not give way. The date of 1 January 2010 adds a little bit of uncertainty to the Government's plans for implementing the scheme, but we believe that that uncertainty will be manageable. That is a judgment that we have made in discussions with Members of the other place on these matters. Lord Armstrong's proposal has the support of the Government as one which, in our opinion,...

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in the said amendment.

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, I shall not Earlier today, the Commons re-affirmed its view, for the fifth time, that those who apply for a designated document should have their details entered on the national identity register and be issued with an identity card. As hon. Members know, that was fundamental to the Government's approach in implementing the ID cards scheme, from our first consultation exercise in 2002....

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: To be candid, I find non-partisanship on the issue difficult. However, in its spirit, I pay genuine tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Dr. Palmer), who has campaigned for identity cards for many years since his election in 1997. It has not been an easy pitch on which to bat but he has done it exceptionally well and made his case powerfully. I am glad that, today, Parliament...

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I detected from the right hon. Gentleman's earlier response that he understood that point and I am grateful—in a non-partisan way—that he has.

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) dealt with the second point earlier. Consistency and idiocy are characteristics of the Liberal Democrats and I look forward to the response of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Clegg).

Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. As I said earlier today, his position has always been clear. It is true to say that we have been flexible, but so too have Lord Armstrong and those in the other place in making important and significant changes. The first relates to preserving the integrity of the national identity register; the second to removing from the scope of any...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I beg to move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their amendments 22J and 22K. This is the fourth time that amendments to remove the automatic linkage between designated documents and identity cards have come back to us from the other place and I very much hope that it will be the last time. The amendments were tabled by Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who sits on the Cross Benches. I...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I am happy to confirm that that is total nonsense. There is no proposal either for an EU identity card or for an EU-wide card of any sort. As far as I am aware, there is no proposal on the table. What has been discussed in the EU is biometrics for passports and biometrics for residents' documents. That has been discussed not only in the EU but in countries throughout the world—especially...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: There are no recommendations coming from Europe on this matter so that the issue of being in line does not arise. The arguments for the Bill stand in their own terms. I remind my hon. Friend that they have been debated during the consideration of two Bills in this place and in the other place. They have also been considered on many occasions during debates on Lords amendments. However, the...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: No, I will not. There is little more that I can say other than to suggest that at this time the other place should listen and recognise that the elected House, again today, will insist on retaining the requirement in the Bill for anyone obtaining a designated document such as a passport to be entered on the national identity register. I believe that the scope for further compromise is small,...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (29 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: As always, I am amazed, encouraged and even excited by the right hon. Gentleman's positive tone. The concern that I have, on the particular narrow point of foreign nationals, is that we are establishing the identity documents—in my opinion, rightly—and bringing them on to the national identity register. I understand the quasi constitutional objections of some in the other place to the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Correspondence (28 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: I wrote to my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Gorton on 22 March 2006.

Written Answers — Home Department: Critical Infrastructure Protection (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: Copies of the Government's response to the European Commission's Green Paper on Protection of Critical Infrastructure" have today been placed in the Library.

Written Answers — Home Department: Energy Efficiency (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Home Office is committed to achieving the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate energy targets; namely to reduce absolute carbon, from fuel and electricity used in buildings on our estate, by 12.5 per cent. by 2010–11, relative to 1999–2000 and to increase the energy efficiency of the buildings on our estate, measured in terms of kWh of fuel and electricity...

Written Answers — Home Department: Laptop Computers (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: holding answer 20 March 2006 The available information is that since 2000 three laptops have been lost or stolen.

Written Answers — Home Department: Mi5 (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Defence Intelligence Staff exists to provide intelligence assessments and advice to the Ministry of Defence. This involves close co-operation and regular discussion with all of the UK's intelligence agencies, including the Security Service, but they have quite different functions. lf a demarcation dispute were to arise it would be resolved through dialogue.

Written Answers — Home Department: Terrorism (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Government's counter terrorism strategy is a nationwide effort to reduce the threat of, and our vulnerability to, terrorism across the UK and involves a variety of Government Departments and agencies, particularly the Police Service, working in partnership with local and regional government and the private sector. Key elements of the strategy focus on the development of effective and...

Written Answers — Home Department: Terrorism (27 Mar 2006)

Charles Clarke: It is our policy not to comment on the details of alleged attempted terrorist attacks in the UK. These are operational matters for the police service and for the courts.


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