HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 c747W
Mr. Gray

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has held with the Department of Transport over use of the new format driving licence as an identity document; what representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement. [27527]

Mr. George Howarth

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and I have made it clear that the Government will be issuing the photocard driving licence solely as a driving licence, not as an identity document.

I regularly receive representations for and against national identity cards from hon. Members, members of the public and interest groups. We have no current plans to introduce national identity cards in the United Kingdom.