McArthur: Silence on Super ID Database shows “contempt for Parliament”

On the two year anniversary of the consultation on the new Super ID Database closing, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called on the SNP to “break their silence” and rule out the controversial plans. 

Since the consultation closed on 25 February 2015, Scottish Liberal Democrats have now asked seven times whether they will proceed to establish the Super ID Database. However the SNP Government has still given no indication on whether it will go ahead. 

The Super ID Database would involve extending access to the NHS Central Register to 120 public bodies, ranging from the Royal Botanics to Quality Meat Scotland, and has drawn criticism from the Information Commissioner, Scottish Council of Volunteer Organisations, NO2ID and the British Medical Association. 

All opposition parties endorsed a Liberal Democrat motion on the Scottish Government’s plans in February 2015, but the SNP Government has since lost its majority. 

Commenting Mr McArthur said: 

“If a week is a long time in politics, this 2 year saga is the never ending story. 

“Despite being asked on a multitude of occasions, the SNP remain silent on whether they are still intent on going ahead with their dangerous proposal to establish the Super ID Database. 

“Experts including the Information Commissioner and the campaign group NO2ID have rebuked their plans. Having lost their majority in the Scottish Parliament you could be forgiven for thinking that the SNP are running scared of their own proposals. 

“This saga shows complete contempt for Parliament. It has been two years since ministers told us they would report back. It is time they broke their silence. There is no excuse.” 

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