Identity Documents Act 2010
|Long title||An Act to make provision for and in connection with the repeal of the Identity Cards Act 2006.|
|Citation||2010 c. 40|
|Territorial extent||Whole of the United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||21 December 2010|
|Commencement||Sections 2–3 on 21 December 2010; remaining sections on 21 January 2011|
|Relates to||Identity Cards Act 2006|
Status: Current legislation
|History of passage through Parliament|
|Text of the Identity Documents Act 2010 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk|
The Identity Documents Act 2010 (c. 40) is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom which reverses the introduction of identity cards and requires the destruction of the information held on the National Identity Register.
As a bill, it was presented to the House of Commons by Home Secretary Theresa May on 26 May 2010, making it the first government bill to be introduced to the 55th Parliament of the United Kingdom by the Cameron ministry.
The government initially aimed to have the bill passed into law by August 2010, but the bill did not make sufficient progress to achieve this. The bill passed the House of Commons on 15 September 2010, and was unopposed by the Opposition. It was introduced to the House of Lords on 5 October 2010 and received its second reading on 18 October 2010 and successfully passed through a Committee of the Whole House without amendment. At report stage on 17 November 2010, however, peers accepted a Labour amendment to pay compensation to people who had already paid the charge to purchase an ID Card. The amendment remained in place until the bill returned to the House of Commons, where it was rejected by the Speaker as it imposed an additional charge on the public purse not authorised by the Commons, which holds financial supremacy over the House of Lords. The Lords accepted the Commons disagreement to their amendment, and the bill received Royal Assent on 21 December 2010.
- Cancel all existing ID cards within one month of Royal Assent
- Remove the statutory requirement to issue ID Cards
- Cancel the National Identity Register
- Require the destruction of all data held on the Register within one month of Royal Assent
- Close the Office of the Identity Commissioner
- Re-enact some criminal offences (possession or use of false identity documents) and certain other measures contained in the Identity Cards Act 2006
- "Identity cards scheme will be axed 'within 100 days'". BBC News Online. 27 May 2010.
- "Government suffers Lords defeat over ID card refunds". BBC News Online. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- Identity Documents Bill 2010 as introduced
- Queen’s Speech – Identity Documents Bill, Number10.gov.uk, published May 25, 2010, accessed May 27, 2010
- Cancellation of identity cards: FAQs Identity and Passport Service
- Wheeler, Brian (10 November 2010). "How ID card database will be destroyed". BBC News Online.
- Mathieson, SA (10 February 2011). "Destruction of National Identity Register". Guardian.
- Identity Documents Bill – official page on UK Parliament website