- Prison Planet.com - http://www.prisonplanet.com -

First ID cards for Britons from autumn next year, Jacqui Smith to say

Posted By admin On November 5, 2008 @ 4:58 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Christopher Hope
London Telegraph [1]
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008

Jacqui Smith is set to defy union opposition and announce that the first Britons will have to apply for compulsory identity cards from autumn next year.

From Nov 25 this year, ID cards are compulsory for foreign nationals who come to Britain.

However, the Home Secretary will say in a speech to the Social Market Foundation tomorrow [thurs] that compulsory ID cards for “airside” workers will be introduced at two of Britain’s airports from next autumn.

The plans will be phased in at Manchester and London City and then expanded to all airports after 18 months. The cards will cost £30 each.

Unions have fought the plans because they are concerned that their members will be used as “guinea pigs” for a national ID card scheme, which has been criticised by civil liberties groups.

(Article continues below)

First ID cards for Britons from autumn next year, Jacqui Smith to say  161008pptv3 [2]

The fact that the scheme will only be phased could be seen as a partial victory by opponents.

It also could delay any national roll-out of the scheme until well after the next general election, which must be held by May 2010. If the Tories win power, they have vowed to scrap the scheme.

A spokesman for white collar Public and Commercial Services Union said: “There are concerns among our members that they are being used as guinea pigs to push through a national ID card scheme.

Full article here [1]


Article printed from Prison Planet.com: http://www.prisonplanet.com

URL to article: http://www.prisonplanet.com/first-id-cards-for-britons-from-autumn-next-year-jacqui-smith-to-say.html

URLs in this post:

[1] London Telegraph : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/3381169/First-ID-cards-for-Britons-from-autumn-next-year-Jacqui-Smith-to-say.html

[2] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv/subscribe.html

[3] Jacqui Smith warned by first group to be given ID cards that they will not improve security: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-warned-by-first-group-to-be-given-id-cards-that-they-will-not-improve-security.html

[4] Lucky Mancs could get ID cards first, Jacqui declares: http://www.prisonplanet.com/lucky-mancs-could-get-id-cards-first-jacqui-declares.html

[5] Jacqui Smith under fire as Home Office data-loss firm will be kept on… and they’ll be handling ID cards too: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-under-fire-as-home-office-data-loss-firm-will-be-kept-on-and-theyll-be-handling-id-cards-too.html

[6] Jacqui Smith wants Post Offices and high street shops to take ID card fingerprints: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-wants-post-offices-and-high-street-shops-to-take-id-card-fingerprints.html

[7] Pilots threaten strike over ID card plan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pilots-threaten-strike-over-id-card-plan.html

Copyright © 2013 PrisonPlanet.com. All rights reserved.