Monday, February 05, 2007

Scrap ID cards now!

David DavisThe Conservative party has launched a new campaign to scrap ID cards with a petition on the Number 10 website (via Open Rights Group). Shadow Home Secretary David Davis MP has also sent a letter to the Cabinet Secretary that should greatly increase the cost of ID card tenders:

"As you will be aware, the Conservative Party has stated publicly that it is our intention to cancel the ID card project immediately on our being elected to government. You are now formally on notice of our position and fully appraised of the contingent risks and associated liabilities arising from the national identity card scheme.

"I urge you to consider very carefully the Government's position, in advance of the roll-out of the scheme later this year. As a matter of financial prudence, it is incumbent upon you to ensure that public money is not wasted, and contractual obligations are not incurred, investing in a scheme with such a high risk of not being implemented.

"In particular, I would be interested to know what provision, if any, has been made in the relevant contractual arrangements to protect the Government - and public funds - against the costs that would be incurred as a result of early cancellation of the scheme."

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