Identity Documents Bill Committee issues call for evidence

16 June 2010

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s Identity Documents Bill?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill over the next few weeks.

Purpose of the Bill

To abolish Identity Cards and the National Identity Register.

Key areas of the Bill

The Bill will repeal the Identity Cards Act 2006, which provides the legal framework required to establish a National Identity Register and to issue Identity Cards to those on the Register.

Deadline for submissions

The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Public Bill Committee will meet for the first time on Tuesday 29 June and complete its consideration of the Bill by Thursday 8 July.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

What should written evidence cover?

Your submission should address matters contained within the Bill and concentrate on issues where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware. It is helpful if the submission includes a brief introduction about you or your organisation.

The submission should not have been previously published or circulated elsewhere. If you have any concerns about your submission, please contact the Scrutiny Unit.

How should written evidence be submitted?

Your submission should be emailed to the Scrutiny Unit. Please note that submissions sent to the Government department in charge of the Bill will not be treated as evidence to the Public Bill Committee.

Submissions should be in the form of a Word document. A summary should be provided. Paragraphs should be numbered, but there should be no page numbering. Essential statistics or further details can be added as annexes, which should also be numbered.

To make publication easier, please avoid the use of coloured graphs, complex diagrams or pictures. As a guideline, submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.

You should also include a separate covering email containing the name, address, telephone number and email address of the person responsible for the submission. The submission should be dated.

What will happen to my evidence?

The written evidence will be circulated to all Committee Members to inform their consideration of the Bill. Most submissions will also be published. They will be posted on the internet as soon as possible after the Committee has started sitting, and will also be printed in hard copy at the end of the Committee’s deliberations.

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about written evidence.

Contact details for the Scrutiny Unit are as follows:

Gosia McBride
Deputy Head (Legislation)
Scrutiny Unit
7 Millbank

Telephone: 020 7219 8383
Fax: 020 7219 8381

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