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ID Cards Bill

Asked if everything was "up for grabs" with regards to ID cards, the PMOS again pointed the lobby to John Reid in the Commons last night where he had intervened to underline that the reports that we were in some way backing away from the ID cards were wrong. Dr. Reid’s view was very firmly that the more he saw of the issues that we faced on migration, and other identity issues, the more he believed that ID cards were a crucial part of answering those kinds of questions. They therefore remained broadly on track, as the PMOS had said yesterday, and what there might be was a slight re-sequencing so that we addressed the issue of foreign nationals first, and that was part of the review process. That would be addressed whenever the review was published in the next few weeks.

Asked further about the sequencing, the PMOS said it meant who it was prioritised for re-introduction first, i.e. could it be used for foreign nationals in 2008. That did not mean the timetable was slipping, but rather, it was broadly on track. If as part of the review, new measures on migration were being introduced, then the ID cards could be an important element of that.

Put that contracts for foreigners might be brought in earlier, the PMOS said that by 2008, we would be going for the foreign nationals. It was all part of the review.

Asked if it was the case, as reported by the FT that the procurement had been "put on ice", the PMOS said that as he had said, any suggestion that we were in some way putting it on ice was plain wrong.

Asked why the contracts been delayed, the PMOS replied that the Home Office would talk about the detail. It was broadly on track.

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