Labour Will Force You To Carry An ID Card

Image of the proposed new identity card

LABOUR'S controversial ID card scheme will be rolled out by stealth this year.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith revealed a revised timetable for the cards this morning which will see the first compulsory cards issued from as early as November.

Foreign nationals will be required to give their biometric details then, with some UK citizens being forced to get cards from next year. People working in specific high-risk areas such as airports will be the first to get the cards. This will affect up to 100,000 airport staff - including airside workers, such as airline staff, baggage handlers and workers in duty free shops, bars and cafes.

The Conservatives say that such a move is going against former home secretary Charles Clarke's promise not to make the cards compulsory without a vote by MP's. Shadow home secretary David Davis said:

"It is inconceivable that these workers would not already have full ID verification. "Therefore the question has to be will this add to airport security or is it a way of getting the British public used to an ID card by stealth - despite an explicit promise from a former home secretary that this programme would not be rolled out in a compulsory fashion without a vote in the House of Commons."

The controversial ID scheme will see everyone's personal details stored on a plastic card with a microchip and will cost £5.6 billion over 10 years, according to Government estimates. Ms Smith argues that the cards will protect UK citizens. She said:

"Increasingly, we need to be able to prove our identity in a whole range of ways: when we're travelling, when we're opening a bank account or accessing government services.

"We're all better protected if we can be confident that other people are who they say they are."

The ID project has already been damaged by a series of scandals over the way Government departments have lost personal information, including the list of 25 million child benefit claimants mislaid by HM Revenue and Customs at the end of last year.

Taken from the Daily Express 6th March 2008

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