National ID cards project disbanded

Plans for a national ID card scheme have finally been laid to rest by the government.

Control of under-age sales was initially one of the primary reasons for the scheme when originally proposed by the Blair government, although it came to be viewed more as a counter-terrorism tool after 9/11.

The current government’s decision means passports, driving licences and approved industry schemes such as Citizen Card will remain the principal means of checking customer ages for alcohol and tobacco sales.

National ID cards that have been issued will be cancelled from January 22 and the national identity register will be physically destroyed a month later.