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“The ability to prove one's identity reliably is an ever-more important aspect of modern life. A national ID cards scheme will provide a 'gold standard' for doing that, protecting individuals from the modern-day crime of identity theft, protecting public services for use by those who are properly entitled to them, and helping us tackle crime, terrorism, and illegal immigration and working.”
David Blunkett, Home Secretary

The Home Secretary has announced that the Government has decided to introduce a national identity cards scheme and published proposals for legislation on identity cards in April 2004. The legislation was the subject of a consultation exercise and a summary of the findings was published on 27 October 2004, alongside the Government’s response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report:

The Home Secretary reiterated his commitment to the introduction of identity cards at an Institute of Public Policy Research event on 17 November 2004. His speech is set out here: IPPR speech by Home Secretary, 17 November 2004

The proposals have also been set out in the following publications:

Further information can also be found on the Publications archive page


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