Identity Cards

Home Department written question – answered on 20th June 2005.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what assessment he has made of the likely effects of identity cards on vulnerable groups in society.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

We are taking close consideration of the needs of vulnerable groups in designing the requirements for the identity cards system.

The Special Issues ID cards research conducted at the end of 2004 and the United Kingdom Passport Service biometric enrolment trial published in May 2005 have consulted a range of faith, race and nationality groups as well as stakeholders representing people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups (for example organisations representing blind people, deaf people, the elderly and physically and mentally disabled, transgender groups, Gypsies or the homeless).

Consultations with groups representing more vulnerable groups in society will continue to ensure that their requirements are fed into the design of the scheme.

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Tim O'Donnell
Posted on 4 Jul 2005 3:19 pm (Report this annotation)

We are told that vulnerable groups have been consulted.

We are not told what these groups' concerns are, nor what the givernment have done to address any of these concerns.

Their "requirements are fed into the design of the scheme" - perhaps we could be given a few examples of how the scheme has changed one little bit as a result of all this consultation?