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ID Cards-Votes this week

Asked what message yesterday’s vote on ID cards would send to the House of Lords, the PMOS said that it was important to note that there had been clear support for ID cards. We had never claimed that they were a "silver bullet". However, we believed that they were an effective tool which could be used in a variety of different ways. The clear signal emanating from the House last night was that the majority of MPs agreed with that view.

Questioned as to whether last night’s vote on ID cards could have implications for tomorrow’s vote on the Lords’ amendments to the Terrorism Bill, the PMOS reiterated the importance of dealing with the substance of the terrorism issue. We needed to address the real concerns regarding what the Bill currently did not cover as a result of the amendments to it. Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about the number of Backbench MPs consistently voting against the Government, the PMOS said that, as a civil servant, he was unable to comment on party matters other than to say that the Government had been elected on a manifesto which the Prime Minister was determined to carry out.

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