Identity Documents Bill receives second reading

19 October 2010

The Identity Documents Bill received its second reading - a general debate on all aspects of the Bill - in the House of Lords on Monday 18 October.

Baroness Neville-Jones, Home Office minister for security and counter-terrorism, introduced the debate.

Issues discussed during second reading included ending the identity card scheme and the national identity register. Members also debated how best to combat identity fraud.

The committee stage - line by line examination of the Bill - will begin on 1 November.

Further information

The second reading of the Bill usually takes place two weeks after the first reading. The government Minister or a senior spokesperson in the Lords for the government department responsible for the Bill opens the debate. Second reading provides the first opportunity for Members of the Lords to discuss the purpose of a Bill and its main principles.

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