UK: Home Secretary launches ID card scheme


The Home Office controversially ignored 5,031 (4,856 against and 44 in favour of ID cards) which were treated as a single "inspired sample". Privacy International have prepared a "Chronology of the ID Card Consultation"

13 November 2002. 1,500 "communications" regarding the card, split roughly 50/50 for and against the proposal (Home Office estimate given to Privacy International)

11 December 2002. 1,500 "responses" have been received, split 2-1 in the government's favour (government press release)

15 January 2003: 2,000 responses have been received, split 2-1 in the government's favour (David Blunkett's speech at a meeting held by the Information Commissioner).

24 February 2003. "more than 2,000 letters and e-mails from individuals and organisations" have been received split 2:1 in the government's favour (Junior Home Office Minister, in answer to a question from Andy Burnham MP.

7 April 2003. "Well in excess of 2,000 responses" have been received (Beverley Hughes, in an answer to a question from Simon Hughes MP).

28 April 2003. 2,000 consultation responses, split 2-1 in the government's favour. (Beverley Hughes, in Commons debate).

8 June 2003. David Blunkett tells BBC 1's "The Politics Show" that the consultation demonstrated an eighty per cent support amongst the public.

17 June 2003. 5,031 emails are received. 4,856 against and 44 in favour (Beverley Hughes in a written answer to Anne McIntosh MP).

19 June 2003. 4,000 "individual responses" have been received (Beverley Hughes, in response to a question put by Jimmy Wray MP).

15 July 2003. 5.031 responses received (Beverly Hughes, in answer to a question from John Barrret MP)

1 September 2003. 9,973 responses have been received, including 4,942 "individual" responses. However, 5,031 email responses within this figure are to be treated as a single "inspired sample" and are to be ignored (Beverley Hughes in response to a question from Denis Murphy MP)

 

Spotted an error? If you've spotted a problem with this page, just click once to let us know.

Report error