ID Cards

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2503
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is your view of the Government's plans to introduce ID cards and the Communications Data Bill?

Answer

Answer for ID Cards

Answer for ID Cards

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not support the Government's plans for Identity Cards on the basis that: * There is no evidence that they prevent terrorist attacks. * They will not prevent illegal immigration. * They will not prevent human trafficking. * They are expensive. The official estimated price for a combined ID card and passport package is £93. According to the London School of Economics estimates, implementing the scheme will cost up to £20 billion of taxpayers' money. It is clear that, for the prevention and detection of crime (including terrorism), there is a need for the appropriate agencies to be able to access records of communications as has been standard practice for many years. However I am concerned that the Government's Communications Data Bill may not yet have the balance right between privacy and protection from crime.