Legislation on Identity Cards: A Consultation Cm 6178

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Renouf Publishing Company Limited, Apr 26, 2004 - Business & Economics - 120 pages
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The Government published its proposals for the introduction of a national identity cards scheme (Cm 6020, ISBN 0101602022) in November 2003, as part of its strategy for addressing the growing threats to the nation's security and prosperity from illegal immigration and working, organised crime and terrorism, identity theft and fraudulent access to public services. This consultation paper contains the text of the Government's proposed draft Identity Cards Bill, along with accompanying explanatory notes, regulatory and race equality impact assessments. The draft Bill contains 41 clauses and two schedules, and seeks to establish a legislative framework for the incremental introduction of the scheme, which will cover everyone aged 16 years or over who is legally resident in the UK for three months or more. The provisions of the draft Bill include: establishing a National Identity Register; the issue of identity cards, as well as introducing more secure passports and driving licences, using biometric data technology; data sharing powers to enable the cross-checking of information about an individual across government databases; the creation of new criminal offences for the possession of false identity documents; and, following a vote in both Houses of Parliament, powers to set a date when it would become compulsory to register and be issued with a card, although not compulsory to carry a card. The draft Bill does not cover other issues which do not require legislation, such as the organisational structure and governance of the card issuance process, police powers, biometrics, and international developments. Comments are sought on the draft Bill from individuals and organisations, which should be received by Tuesday 20th July 2004.

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