"Yesterday, Charles Clarke announced that the cards will only hold the same information as a passport and that primary legislation would be needed to change this."
Chris Lightfoot said..
The first part of the statement is a red herring, as I pointed out to the Guardian last week; the second is simply a lie. s.8 of the Identity Cards Bill would give the Home Secretary the power to change what's on an ID card by secondary legislation. No amendment to remove that power was presented at Third Reading (such an amendment would have surely passed uncontested). Clarke was lying, and you didn't read the Bill to check.
Neil Harding said…
Chris, point it out to me, I've just read through s.8, and I can't find anything that says what you say it does.
It does however say this;
"The Secretary of State must not make regulations containing (with or without other provision) any provision for prescribing—
(a) the information to be recorded in or on an ID card, or
(b) the form in which information is to be recorded in or on such a card,
unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House."
Which seems to confirm what Charles Clarke said.