The BBC report of the Identity Cards Bill Second Reading debate in the house of Lords on Monday, includes a contribution by Lord Stevens, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police:
But the plans received strong backing from former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, who said law enforcement agencies wanted one single means of identifying people.
He warned: "The identification that's used by terrorists at the present time is as good as the ID that I have here in my pocket."
One man imprisoned last week for £1m in fraud had used no fewer than 130 different identities, said Lord Stevens.
Would that be 130 British identities ? No !
It will be interesting to see the full text in Hansard, of exactly what Lord Stevens said, but he must be referring to this case reported by The Croydon Guardian local newspaper:
A Croydon man orchestrated a million pound fraud using forged passports, 130 false identities and hundreds of illegal credit cards and bank accounts.
Kanagaratnam Ganan, 33, from Lodge Road, defrauded many of the UK's biggest clearing banks in an incredible five-year streak of plundering which netted £1.1million.
On Monday at Guildford Crown Court, Sri Lankan Ganan was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
The court was told Ganan had a collection of more than 120 false Indian passports indistinguishable from the genuine article which he had used along with fake utility bills to open more than 500 bank accounts under false identities supposedly living across south London and Surrey
How exactly would even a perfect British ID Card scheme make any difference whatsoever to the use of forged Indian Passports and/or forged utility bills ?
Remember that foreign tourists or businessmen resident in the UK for less than 3 months, will not have to apply for an ID Card, so this kind of fraud will not be reduced.
Using multiple forged Foreign Passports etc, in different names, with your photo on them is not so called "Identity Theft", it is just old fashioned Forgery and Fraud.