§ Sir Irvine Patnick
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made towards introducing a national voluntary identity card; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Sackville
My right hon. and learned Friend announced on 22 August 1996 plans to introduce a voluntary national identity card. As set out in the Queen's Speech at the opening of Parliament, we intend shortly to publish a draft Identity Cards Bill for consultation.