Rennie calls for cross party support against super ID database plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has reached out to all parties to support his calls for the SNP Government’s controversial super ID database plans to brought under proper scrutiny.

In an opposition debate in Holyrood tomorrow (Wednesday March 3rd), the Scottish Liberal Democrat motion will call for the plans to be scrutinised in primary legislation.

Currently, the super ID database proposals only requires the approval of a Holyrood committee, known as a “negative instrument”. This is because plans to expand access to the database to over 120 public bodies and extend the use of a Unique Citizens Reference number are amendments to existing regulations, and not new legislation.

The proposals have already drawn wide criticism from SCVO, the BMA, Open Rights Group, the Scottish Labour party and others.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s debate, Mr Rennie said:

"I will make no bones about reaching out to all political parties to support our motion. When it comes to fundamental issues of protecting our civil liberties and building a fairer society, there can be no party line.

“The SNP joined us in 2005 to oppose the creation of ID cards. The Conservatives supported our efforts to repeal the legislation. And Scottish Labour have supported our motion against this proposal.

“If SNP ministers took their eye off the ball whilst the civil service created these proposals, now is the time to speak out against them. On these significant proposals, it is of real concern that we are still in the dark about the real implications of creating a single national database.”

The text of the Liberal Democrat motion is as follows:

S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s consultation on amendments to the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the concerns of privacy campaigners about those proposals; believes that these issues merit full parliamentary scrutiny, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government, if it wishes to proceed with this policy, to do so by means of primary legislation.

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