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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 30, 2004: National Compulsory Identity Cards

The Government published its Identity Cards Bill yesterday. Consultation has been undertaken with a range of community organisations and refugee organisations to ensure that the final legislation responds to concerns, and complies with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 requirement to eliminate unlawful discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people from different backgrounds.

The Home Secretary announced the Government’s intention to introduce a compulsory national identity cards scheme on 11 November 2003, when the Home Office also published a summary of the proposals, Identity Cards: The Next Steps.

According to Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart, speaking yesterday:

"The identity cards scheme will… provide a ‘gold standard’ to protect everyone’s identity… ID cards will also help to tackle illegal immigration and immigration abuse such as people trafficking, which wrecks lives and damages families.We are proposing:

  • to extend the remit of the National Identity Scheme Commissioner to cover oversight of the whole scheme, not just issues relating to provision of information from the Register;
  • to remove the bar to an individual’s information contained in the access records of the Register being made available to that registered individual;
  • to extend the prohibition on requirements to produce identity cards for services so that neither production of an ID card nor a check would be lawful before Parliament agreed the necessary regulations. The absolute prohibition on making it compulsory to carry a card at all times remains;
  • to amend the false documents offence in the Bill so that it does not include those who knowingly use false documentation to enter the UK to apply for asylum."

The Identity Cards Bill is available here. The Race Equality Impact Assessment of the Bill is available here.