Identity Cards

Home Department written question – answered on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Labour, Brent South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Department will take to ensure that identity cards will not be required to be produced by those subject to stop and search, with particular reference to stop and search of black and ethnic minority individuals.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

There will be no requirement to carry an ID card at all times, this is specifically prohibited in the Identity Cards Bill, in addition police officers do not have a power under the Bill to stop someone and demand to see an identity card although there is nothing to prevent an individual choosing to provide an identity card voluntarily.

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