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Ask the Identity Minister about ID Cards

Meg Hillier, MP, wants to talk to us about ID Cards after seeing our article on the subject this week: got any questions for her

Published on January 15th 2010.


Ask the Identity Minister about ID Cards

Robert Cutforth wrote an article this week called 'Me and my ID Card' (click here).

This got the attention of Parliament.

If you have any questions for Meg Hillier, the women with the totalitarian job title, let us know below. The best of the questions we don't ask will be sent to the Home Office so they can provide a written reply.

Thus Meg Hillier, the Identity Minister, and MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, wants to talk to Confidential about ID Cards.

This is a good thing, open government and all that.

So if you have any questions for Meg Hillier, the women with the most sinister job title outside any of nasty 1930s and 1940s totalitarian regimes, let us know below. The best of the questions we don't ask will be sent to the Home Office so they can provide a written reply.

Meg Hillier's CV runs like this. Born in 1969 she was elected to Parliament in 2005 with a majority of 10,204. Previously she was 'a local councillor for eight years, and was the youngest ever Mayor of Islington in 1998/99. She was elected to the London Assembly to represent Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest in 2000. Hillier chaired the London Assembly’s Culture, Sport and Tourism committee. She is vice chair of the charity War Memorials Trust and a patron of Disability Hackney.' She's also a former journalist.

Her parliamentary responsibities include and have include: 'Identity and Passport Service (including General Register Office); Identity cards and identity management, including: ID cards for foreign nationals, Critical workers identity cards (CWIC), ID cards for young people; Criminal records and criminal information systems, including Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and support to Minister of State on government response to Magee review; Safeguarding vulnerable people, including the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); Support to Vernon Coaker on violent crime: tackling knives action programme, tackling gangs action programme; European Union lead and support on international policy; Freedom of information; Correspondence champion; Support to Phil Woolas on borders and immigration; Refugee integration; Environmental issues lead; Better regulation; Race and equality; Local government.'

That's probably more information than you need. But clearly Hillier is a bit of a star: it'll be interesting to see how she defends ID Cards.

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Andrew MeredithJanuary 22nd 2010.

As relevant subject matter experts or indeed ministers of government have confirmed and reiterated time and again, ID cards and the NIR would not stop terrorists, ID fraudsters, benefit cheats and any of the other sinister characters previously cited as the reason for their existence; why is HMG spending billions to implement them in the teeth of the worse recession in decades.

Surely if even 10% of the costs for ID cards were spent on replacing PCSOs with proper Coppers, we would see a way bigger lift in law and order.

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