The controversial Identity Cards Bill completed its House of Commons Committee Stage yesterday, just before Parliament broke for the 80 day Summer Recess until October 6th.
Yet again, due too the programming motion / "guillotine", debate was limited, and all the Opposition amendments failed.
The only slight change to how intrusive this Bill is , compared with the previous version before the General Election, is that the requirement to register all your previous addresses in the UK and overseas has been dropped. Obviously once the system is up and running, the history of your current "principal" and "other" UK addresses will be recorded for the rest of your life, amd there seems to be no provision to delete these old addresses from the system.
Yet again, there was no proper debate on Clause 31 Tampering with the Register etc., which still seeks to criminalise Trades Unionists and IT workers, with a threat of up to10 years in prison and/or a fine, with the stupid re-definition of the word "modification":
"3) For the purposes of this section the cases in which conduct causes a modification of information recorded in the Register include—
(a) where it contributes to a modification of such information; and
(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.
This applies anywhere in the world, to British citizens and to everyone else, whether by omission or if a person is
"(b) is reckless as to whether or not his conduct will cause such a modification."