Identity Cards

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:42 pm on 6th July 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary 7:42 pm, 6th July 2009

I am grateful to the Home Secretary for mentioning the NHS database, because it is a rather good example of the sort of problems that we may have in store. It was originally estimated that the Spine system would cost £2.3 billion, but the National Audit Office now puts the figure at £12.4 billion and rising. What assurance can he conceivably give the House that the identity card scheme, and the national identity register, will not have a similar catastrophic effect on the public finances?


Sam Jones
Posted on 17 Jul 2009 6:04 pm (Report this annotation)

Public Accounts Committee - Second Report
The National Programme for IT in the NHS: Progress since 2006.

Estimated cost 31 March 2008 was 12,656.2 million

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 14 January 2009.