Thursday, November 17, 2005

UK: Ex-MI5 boss, House of Lords give ID cards thumbs down

Lucy Sherriff writes in The Register:

The House of Lords voted to reject the ID cards bill yesterday. The second house wants the draft legislation amended so that restrictions are placed on who would be allowed to use the cards to check a person's identity.

Peers were also unhappy that Home Office ministers said that they could not reveal the full cost of the plans. Baroness Scotland did reveal that the scheme will cost the Home Office £584m a year.

The defeat came as ex-MI5 chief Stella Rimington said that ID cards will be of no use in the fight against terror.

Ah. The truth comes out... at last.


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