Thursday, March 16, 2006

ID cards - defeat in the House of Lords for the third time

The amendments to the ID cards bill have been rejected by the House of Lords by 218 to 183 (a majority of 35) for the third time and will return to the House of Commons for another debate. The main area of concern is that people should not be compulsorily added onto a national database and be required to apply for an ID card when they renew or apply for their passport. One awaits to see whether the Parliament Acts would be invoked. It raises questions however, about the government's initial idea that ID cards would be voluntary.

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