National ID cards scheme delayed until 2012
By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:58am GMT 23/01/2008
The Government's national identity card scheme was "in the
intensive care ward" after leaked documents showed plans
to issue UK citizens with the cards have been delayed until after
the next election.
Amid growing doubts that the multibillion pound scheme will ever
see the light of day, a confidential Home Office report suggests
that the widespread introduction of cards for British nationals
will not come until 2012 at the earliest.
That is two years later than the Government has previously stated.
It would also ensure that the general introduction of ID cards
took place well after the next election, which must be held by
May 2010 at the latest.
The Home Office paper, entitled "National Identity Scheme
Delivery Strategy" and marked "Restricted" was
prepared for senior officials on 20 December 2007.
It sets out "a high level roll out strategy for the National
Identity Scheme" and shows a timetable for implementation.
It shows that "Borders phase II (UK citizens)," the
project for issuing cards to UK nationals in large numbers is
now slated to begin in 2012.
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