HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc271-2
17. Sir Frank Sanderson

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the case of a man fined 10s. for not carrying his identity card; and whether he will again consider the inclusion of a photograph and other passport details, so that it may be a more satisfactory proof of identity?

Mr. E. Brown

Proceedings have been instituted and penalties imposed in a number of cases for failure to produce an identity card within the period allowed under the National Registration Act and Regulations, though I am not aware to what particular case my hon. Friend refers. In reply to the latter part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the very full statement by my predecessor which was circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT of 11th July last.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is generally conceded that the present identity card is a worthless article, and will he not consider the issuing of an identity card which includes a photograph, the date of birth and also the nationality of the holder?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps my hon. Friend will first look at the very long answer to which I have referred and then communicate with me.

Sir F. Sanderson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I know of the reply to which he makes reference, and that it is not accepted by the public as a whole, who take a very serious view of the matter of these identity cards?

Mr. Sorensen

How does the hon. Member know what the public think?

Sir John Mellor

Could not some description at least of the holder be included?

Mr. Brown

That point was explained very fully in the answer to which I have referred. At the moment I am not able to add to that very full reply.

Mr. Woodburn

Would it not be a perfectly simple method of checking to make a person write his signature and compare it with the signature on the identity card?

Mr. R. Gibson

Would it not be still simpler and more effective to have the person's thumb-print?

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