Campaign says ID card too costly

Indira Das-Gupta

NO2ID, the organisation that campaigns against the introduction of ID cards, has accused the Government of going back on its word over the proposed retail price of the cards.

In a response to a question from Labour MP Martin Salter, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, told the House of Commons last week that a stand-alone ID card would cost members of the public about £30. A combined passport and ID card would cost in the region of £93.

But Phil Booth, the national co-ordinator for NO2ID, said Clarke's statements proved that the cost of introducing the cards had spiralled out of control.

"The former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, floated the idea that the ID cards would be free for people who do not have a passport or a driving licence, so this is actually a substantial increase," he said.

"It also raises the question of whether having a reduced price for some will make it more expensive for everyone else," he added.

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