ID cards useless, says former MI5 chief

OUT-LAW News, 18/11/2005
The former head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimmington, warned on Wednesday that unless ID cards are made incapable of forgery they will be effectively useless, sparking calls from opposition parties for the scheme to be scrapped.
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform, which considers whether powers being granted to Government legislation are subject to sufficient scrutiny, concluded that Parliamentary scrutiny of the ID Card Bill needs to be enhanced. It described powers being sought in the Bill by the Home Secretary as "inappropriate."
Reports issued recently by three other Select Committees – the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Constitution Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee – also criticised the substance of the Government’s plans.

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