The Committee Stage of the Identity Cards Bill starts tomorrow Tuesday 5th July.
Roger Gale - North Thanet - Con
Jimmy Hood - Lanark & Hamilton East - Lab
Vera Baird - Redcar - Lab
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods - City of Durham - Lab
Mr David S Borrow - South Ribble - Lab
Andy Burnham - Leigh - Lab (Home Office Minister)
Mr David Drew - Stroud - Lab
Mr Tony McNulty - Harrow East - Lab (Home Office Minister)
Kali Mountford - Colne Valley - Lab
Dr Nick Palmer - Broxtowe - Lab
John Robertson - Glasgow North West - Lab
Joan Ryan - Enfield North - Lab (Whip)
Mr Alistair Carmichael - Orkney and Shetland - LibDem
Tim Farron - Westmorland & Lonsdale - LibDem
Mr Tobias Ellwood - Bournemouth East - Con
Mr Edward Garnier - Harborough - Con
Patrick Mercer - Newark - Con
Mr Mark Prisk - Hertford & Stortford - Con
Ben Wallace - Lancaster & Wyre - Con
Around 188 Amendments / new clauses have been tabled so far.
This is slightly more than the previous time around, where MPs were complaining that they spent only 2 or 3 minutes on average per amendment. All the opposition amendments last time were either withdrawn or voted down.
102 Conservative amendments
18 joint Conservative and Liberal Democrat amendments
66 Liberal Democrat amendments
2 new Liberal Democrat clauses
Some of the Opposition amendments are the same as they tabled previously, e.g. reducing fines from £1000 to £50 etc.
Just as before, there is no amendment tabled about the section of Clause 31 which criminalises (up to 10 years in prison and a fine) Civil Servants or IT Contractors if they do anything like go on strike, work to rukle or simply make a software configuration error on the National Identity Register, the wide area network, or on any authorised computer system licsensed to be connected to the NIR e.g. in a Credit Reference Agency:
"31 (3) b) where it makes it more difficult or impossible for such information to be retrieved in a legible form from a computer on which it is stored by the Secretary of State, or contributes to making that more difficult or impossible."
Why are there two Home Office Ministers on the Committee, Tony McNulty and Andy Burnham ?
Des Browne managed to steamroller the Committee Stage through on his own (with his Labour majority) last time.
N.B. If you are thinking of Lobbying your MP at the Palace of Westminster, during this Committee Stage, as several people did during the previous Identity Card Bill's Committee Stage, bear in mind the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
132 Demonstrating without authorisation in designated area
under which you risk up to 51 weeks in prison and/or a fine of up to £2500 if you organise a "Demonstration" without prior written authorisation, and up to a £1000 fine if you participate in such an unauthorised demonstration, or demonstrate on your own, within the Designated Area around Parliament Square, which came into force last Friday the 1st July.