Monday, March 06, 2006

ID cards in the House of Lords

The ID cards Bill expected to be debated in the House of Lords (HL) today. The question is whether the HL will accept the amendments agreed by the House of Commons (HC)? Just to recap, the ministers have decided against the need for the government to carry out a report on ID cards (despite uncertainty about the actual costs for ID cards). The HC also agreed that people who apply for their passports (on renewal or first time) are also given ID cards (costs still undecided. However, the 'Home Secretary Charles Clarke had said that a stand-alone ID card would cost £30, while one linked to a passport would cost £93') and have their personal information held on a database. We await to see whether the HL will oppose these amendments.

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