ID cards (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
June 15, 2005
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Question

Finally can I just ask a question about the cost of them? Do you think that that provides good value for money - several billion pounds and then the cost per person? Do you think that provides good value for money in terms of tackling fraud or serious crime or terrorism or whatever, or would you prefer that money to be made available to you for other things to spend on, in terms of tackling death, crime, etc.

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Answer

Answer for ID cards (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for ID cards (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

I suppose my answer to that is, again, that is for another place to decide whether that is value for money. Secondly, the advantages, such as they are, of identity cards, are not purely a law-enforcement tool. They are certainly about access to much wider state services than policing, and thirdly, I am not sure there is any possibility that the money they are going to spend on ID cards would automatically come to the police service. I have a sense that that is not how things work.