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?

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

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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
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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.