The Lords have passed Amendment 46 to strike section 6 (Power of Secretary of State to require registration) from the Identity Cards Bill bill:
Content 198, Not content 140
Amendment 52 passed unopposed as a consequence of this vote, thereby also removing Clause 7 from the Bill.
This means, that quite rightly, a full debate on Primary Legislation (i.e. a new ID Card Compulsion Bill, or a section of the numerous Home Office Bills which are always going through Parliament) will be required, if the Government do not overturn this amendment, for the controversial move from a volintary, experimental ID card scheme, to compulsary biometric registration for everyone.
This is still not yet "compulsion to carry" an ID Card, but, no doubt, the Home Office is hoping that a centralised biometric database could be used to control people even without a physical ID Card (which would make biometric matching quicker and easier). There is no guarantee that a future Government would not make the carrying of an existing ID Card compulsory.
Nobody dared to try such a constitutional trick as the proposed "super affirmative procedure" in the past when changing things which affect the vast majority of the population e.g. the age at which you can vote or get married etc. without fully debating it in both Houses via Primary Legislation. A move to ID Card registration compulsion would be a change in society of equal or greater magnitude.