ID cards ‘still on way’

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ID cards ‘still on way’

13:33, 17 JAN 2006Updated12:59, 12 JAN 2013The policy was in tatters after peers voted by a large majority to block it, but Home Office minister and Leigh MP Andy Burnham vowed that they would reverse the decision in the Commons.

ID cards face another rough ride in the Lords next week and Labour peers and MPs are concerned about the cost of the cards estimated at anything between and and the human rights implications.

Manchester peer and former Labour Treasury minister, Lord Barnett, said he did not oppose the principle, fake ids but was concerned about costs.

Greater cost

The London School of Economics has estimated that the scheme could cost anything from billion to billion far greater than the cost predicted by the government.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips said the Identity Cards Bill would bring surveillance of every citizen in the land over the age of 15, dealing with a range of highly sensitive personal information.

The Lords voted by 237 to 156 to block the scheme until the National Audit Office and MPs vet the figures.

Mr Burnham said today that estimates that the joint biometric passport and ID cards could cost each were « fantasy ».

He insisted: « We have made it clear that we can afford to make it for people to have a stand alone ID card and that is a sound basis on which to take the scheme forward. »

The row spread to the Commons when Home Secretary Charles Clarke faced calls from Labour MPs for the Cabinet to look again at the plans. Good Fake IDs

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