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Public meeting on the government's plans for 'Entitlement Cards'

Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 14:15 to 17:30
The Old Theatre, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

In July, the Government announced a six-month public consultation on proposals to create a compulsory national Identity Card to establish entitlement to benefits and services, including healthcare, welfare benefits, education and public housing. The consultation period ends in January. This event at the LSE will be the only public meeting during the consultation exercise.

The proposals involve issues of vital importance for everyone living in the UK. The government envisions a compulsory registration of the entire population, backed by a national database of "biometric" identifiers such as digital photographs, fingerprints and retina scans. The scheme will form the basis for the matching of personal information between government and private sector organisations, and will involve a legal requirement to produce the card in a wide variety of circumstances. Failure to disclose your card will result in denial of access to a wide range of essential services such as healthcare and education.

Schedule of speakers:
2:30 Welcome and Introduction Simon Davies, Director of Privacy International (chair)
2.35 Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC, Minister of State for criminal justice, sentencing and law reform
2.50 The Baroness Sharples (Conservative)
2:55 Simon Hughes, MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary
3.05 Dr Nick Palmer MP (Labour)
3.15 Charles Moore, Editor, The Daily Telegraph
3.25 Dr Ross Anderson, Computing Laboratory, Cambridge University
3.35 Q&A with the Minister and speakers
3.50 Summary of the key positions. Simon Davies
4.00 Peter Lilley MP, former Secretary of State for Social Security (Conservative)
4.10  Terri Dowty, Joint national coordinator, Alliance for Childrens Rights for England
4.20  Dr Clarence Lusane, Director of Social Research, The 1990 Trust
4.30 Q&A with Stephen Harrison, Head of the Entitlement Cards Unit, Home Office
5:15 Close

The meeting has been organised by Privacy International, in association with Liberty and the Foundation for Information Policy Research, and is hosted by the Department of Information Systems of the London School of Economics.

Admission to the meeting is free. To reserve a seat, please email or call 0207 955 6579. Media enquiries to 07947 778 247.

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