Mark Oaten MP, the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman has recived a Written Parliamentary Answer from Des Browne, the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration regarding the recent meetings held by the Idenity Cards Programme with the private sector in the last 6 months.
They seem to have attended about 20 conferences and seminars, and had meetings with at least 60 companies.
You may well wonder what meetings, if any, there have been with people or groups who are worried about the privacy and security of the proposed scheme, or who are opposed in principle to some or all aspects of it.
Perhaps our FOIA request for meeting diaries, minutes, agenda etc. will make things clearer.
A previous Parliamentary Questions by Mark Oaten elicited a list of 7 consultancy companies being paid to help with the Identity Cards Development Parner phase of the scheme, i.e. mostly £6.5 million already spent on work by PA Consulting
A Parliamentary Question from the Conservative MP John Bercow shows that PA Consulting seems to bill their 32.5 full time equivalent consultants at over £1000 a day each on average against this Develomment Parner project.