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Posted by Pete Durham on January 23 2008, 08:12 » Uploaded 23/01/08 12:21  

National ID cards scheme delayed until 2012

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent

Daily Telegraph
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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