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Identity Cards

Volume 436: debated on Thursday 24 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Health what purpose the identity card now serves; and if he will now consider abolishing it in the near future.

The card is an essential part of the National Registration system. The Register renders valuable services in food and clothes rationing and in connection with the National Service Acts and is the present basis for the electoral registers. Considerable use is also made of the National Register for the new scheme of children's allowances and in various other ways of benefit to the public.