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Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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ID Cards - Brake Lays His Cards On The Table

June 29, 2005 1:00 AM

Commenting on the Second Reading of the Identity Cards Bill, local MP Tom Brake is highlighting the position he intends to adopt.

Tom Brake MP said,

"I want to encourage all my constituents to get in touch and share their views on this controversial scheme. It seems that the more people hear about the ID cards scheme, the less they like it. £93 is a ludicrous amount of money to ask people to pay, especially when you consider the combined cost for a family with children over the age of 16. Support for these plans drop off very quickly when people realise the costs involved.

"The failure rates in the biometrics pilot are astonishing. The Government is spending our money on a half-baked scheme, based on half-baked technology.

"I want to lay my cards on the table. I am opposed to ID cards. I think compulsory identity cards will do little to fight crime and terrorism.

"The scheme is estimated to cost between £6 to £18bn. This money could be better spent on employing more police officers."