Tony McNulty is claiming in a Written Answer, that only 21 members of the public and no organisations have sent a letter or an email to the Home Office complaining about the Civil Liberties aspects of the new Identity Cards Bill.
N.B. nobody seems to have written to praise its impact on Civil Liberties.
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Sadiq Khan (Tooting, Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the likely impact of identity cards on civil liberties; and what response he has made.
Tony McNulty (Minister of State, Home Office)
Since the publication of the Identity Cards Bill on 25 May 2005, 21 representations have been received from members of the public. No representations have been received from any organisations or official bodies. The representations took the form of both letters and e-mails, and they expressed concern that the Identity Card Scheme would infringe civil liberties.
The Government believe that the Identity Cards Scheme will support civil liberties and human rights. The scheme will be bound by legislation such as the Data Protection Act, Human Rights Act and the Disability Discrimination Act. The Identity Cards Bill also contains a number of important safeguards such as setting limitations on the information that may be held by the scheme and its use. Only Parliament would be able to change the statutory purposes of the Register or the type of information which could be held and only via primary legislation."
After years of ignoring constructive advice and criticism about their Identity Cards / Database scheme, is the Home Office actually willing to listen now ?
We cannot let the Home Office claim that there is no Civil Liberties problem, simply because nobody has successfully managed to penetrate the bureaucratic red tape and isolation from the public, and has therfore failed to contact them about it.
You know what to do - express your concerns via a letter or email to:
Tony McNulty MP
Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality
c/o Direct Communications Unit
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
FaxL 020 7035 4745
The Home Office contacts page also has a drop down selection option for "Identity Cards" on its web page response form.
If you do happen to agree with McNulty's statement that "The Government believe that the Identity Cards Scheme will support civil liberties and human rights."
perhaps you could explain exactly how this will be achieved, by commenting here or via email.