Identity Cards

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

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen Labour, Leyton and Wanstead

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce an amendment to modify the Identity Card Bill so that personal information from the national register associated with the identity card cannot be used by any public authority for the purpose of the efficient and effective delivery of public services without the consent of the identity card holder; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Government will not introduce such an amendment. The Bill as drafted only allows information to be used without a person's consent by specified public authorities named on the face of the Bill, or others subsequently approved by Parliament. These arrangements will be subject to independent oversight.

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