§ Mr. Morrison
I doubt whether that would be practical, because I would not know how many elections would take place.
§ 62. Sir T. Moore
asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to enforce the attachment of a fingerprint of the holder to each of the new identity cards?
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I know of no considerations which modify the conclusions previously reached that neither a photograph nor finger prints upon identity cards could be relied upon unless authenticated by a responsible declarant having personal knowledge of the holder. My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate the difficulty of insisting upon this condition in the reissue of cards to some 36,000,000 persons. Apart from this chief consideration, finger prints would be of little use on the occasions when identity cards are produced for inspection by the police or by members of the Armed Forces.
§ Sir T. Moore
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that he has taken adequate precautions to prevent the new cards being forged, as the present ones are?
Is it not a fact that in every area where the British Army are responsible for security they insist on having photographs on identity cards?