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28 June 2005

I.D. cards a waste of time and money – Barrett

Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, John Barrett today branded Government’s plans for I.D. cards as a waste of time and money and pledged to oppose them in today’s key vote in the House of Commons.

The Government’s plans for compulsory identity cards were lost in the last session of Parliament because of a lack of time. Today will be the first chance for the new House of Commons to vote on the Identity Cards Bill since the General Election.

John Barrett said:

“One of my campaign promises during the General Election was to oppose the Government’s identity cards and to push for the savings to be spent on employing 10,000 more police. Thousands of people signed my petition campaign in support of this. Many told me they would rather see another policeman on their street than another piece of plastic in their pocket.

“The cost of introducing the compulsory identity card scheme could be as much as £18 billion. If the Government really wants to cut crime, tackle terrorism and reduce illegal immigration, this kind of money would be far better spent on more police, new intelligence officers for MI5 and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

“Many people do not realise they will be forced to buy and carry an identity card under the current proposals. Worse still, a recent independent report showed the cost for each I.D. card could be as high as £300.

“All the opinion polls are showing that more and more people are opposing Labour’s compulsory identity card scheme. People are realising that this whole idea is a waste of time and money.”

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