Not So Great Britain

Questions raised over ID cards as Gordon Brown moves in

June 27, 2007
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The government has delayed procurement for its controversial £5.3bn ID card scheme as Gordon Brown prepares to take over as prime minister.

James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, said a “major” procurement process for IT systems to support the scheme was set to begin, but “we’re not quite ready yet”.

Hall, speaking at Gartner’s identity management conference in London, did not say when procurement would start.

The delay could signal a rethink as the long-anticipated transfer of power from prime minister Tony Blair to his chancellor, Gordon Brown, finally takes place. Brown’s arrival in Number 10 is expected to produce shifts on some of the more contentious areas of government policy.


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