I am writing to you in relation to the Government's planned roll out
of its national identity card scheme, commencing this year. You will be aware
that there is a longstanding convention that one Parliament may not bind a
subsequent Parliament.As you will also be aware, the Conservative Party has
stated publicly that it is our intention to cancel the ID cards project
immediately on our being elected to government. You are now formally on notice
of our position and fully appraised of the contingent risks and associated
liabilities arising from the national identity card scheme.
In light of these risks, I urge you to consider very carefully the
government's position, in advance of the roll-out of the scheme later this year.
As a matter of financial prudence, it is incumbent upon you to ensure that
public money is not wasted, and contractual obligations are not incurred,
investing in a scheme with such a high risk of not being implemented.
In particular, I would be interested to know 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.
The Conservatives will be a launching a web and print based campaign against Labour's ID Cards proposals tomorrow.
As Stephen Pollard so eloquently puts it...
So at one and the same time, he has reiterated the Conservative Party's
stance in favour of individual liberty versus the state; he has undermined the
chances of ID cards being successfully introduced under Labour by indicating
that he might, as Home Secretary, overturn contracts with commercial
organisations, thus introducing a crucial new element of risk; he has helped the
Conservative Party in its key task of drawing in potential LibDem voters; and he
has given the Conservative troops a morale boost by sticking to core