HL Deb 20 April 2000 vol 612 c130WA
Lord Marlesford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which countries of the European Union have a system of national identity cards, and in which of them (a) the system is mandatory and (b) the carrying of identity cards is mandatory; and from which of these countries such identity cards are an acceptable travel document for entry into the United Kingdom. [HL2017]

Lord Bach

The following countries have identity cards, although they do not all use the same system for them: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Finland and the Netherlands. To the best of our knowledge identity cards are compulsory in the first six of these countries; and must be carried in the first five. The valid identity card of any European Union or European Economic Area country may be accepted as a travel document for entry into the United Kingdom.