ID Cards

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


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


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.