Britain's ID card plan to be ready soon

April 7, 2004 at 8:40 PM
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LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- Britain's Home Secretary says proposals for ID cards for British citizens will be published in about a month.

David Blunkett told the BBC Wednesday an agreement has been reached among top Labor politicians despite some "misgivings".

On Sunday, Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt warned there should be evidence that making ID cards compulsory would bring additional security benefits.

Last week, Prime Minister Tony Blair said his government had convinced those who opposed the controversial measure for civil liberties reasons.

Also last week, Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir John Stevens, Britain's top police officer, backed calls for the quick introduction of ID cards.

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