Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Conservatives formally promise to scrap ID cards

The Conservative Party website had this yesterday;

"David Davis has written to Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, giving formal notice that an incoming Conservative administration would scrap the Government's costly ID card project.

And the Shadow Home Secretary has warned of the financial dangers of the Government signing contracts to set up the ID card scheme when it faces cancellation if the Conservatives are returned to power at the next election.

In his letter, Mr Davis asked what provision, if any, has been made in the relevant contractual arrangements to protect the Government - and public funds - against the costs that would be incurred as a result of early cancellation of the scheme; with a similar letter fired off to likely major contractors, warning them of the Party's intentions. "

They're also reportedly promising to oppose the government's plans to extend the detention without trial period beyond the current maximum of 28 days.

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