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ID Cards

Asked for more information on when the Government had decided that ID cards would not be compulsory for the general population, the PMS said that the Government had set out its position on ID cards and whether or not they would be compulsory and that position remained unchanged.

Put that ID cards would first be voluntary with the assumption that there would be a further Bill in Parliament to make them compulsory, the PMS replied that the position remained unchanged. We had set out our schedule on rolling out ID cards, most recently last week when we announced that we would change the nature of the roll-out in relation to airside workers, so that they would no longer be compulsory. This had been in consultation with the Airline Pilots Association amongst others.

As for the wider roll-out, this would first be offered on a voluntary basis to people in Manchester and then more widely to people in the North West. As we had said at the time, we considered this to be an acceleration of the roll-out of ID cards.

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