"What is so appalling about the present episode is the casualness, the condescending indifference on the part of the state towards the privacy of British people.
"This is how they treat vital personal information — allowing a junior official to burn it on to several discs, and then losing it in the mail.
"How dare these people continue to make the case for ID cards? How dare they claim that they can be trusted with any more of our data?
"The argument is lost, and before the Government wastes £10 billion of our money, it should run up the white flag and withdraw the Bill." —Boris Johnson MP