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£500 Million to run controversial identity card scheme

10 August, 2007


Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Martina Anderson has said it's ridiculous that the British Government is set to press ahead with a proposed ID card after a catalogue of well publicised concerns over civil liberties and the billions of pounds wasted on its production so far.

Her comments follow the start of a bidding process for lucrative contracts worth up to £500 million each to run the controversial identity card scheme

Ms Anderson said:

"Its time the British Government called a halt to this scheme .It is ridiculous that they are set to press ahead with the proposed ID card after a catalogue of well publicised concerns about it.

"They have now started a bidding process for lucrative contracts worth up to £500 million each to run the controversial identity card scheme. The contracts will run for up to ten years.

"There just seems to be a bottomless pit of money the British Government is prepared to squander on this ID card ,while at the same time they cant find the extra money needed for our Education and Health services which are under severe strain.

"Just this week I raised serious concerns about the schemes infringement on peoples civil liberties after an academic predicted widespread technology failures and the dangers in using fingerprints to identify individuals would leave thousands of card-holders being wrongly matched with other people's details." ENDS

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