The counterproductive and enormously expensive Labour government plan for a compulsory national centralised biometric database i.e. the National Identity Scheme, is creeping slowly onwards, regardless of all the criticisms, and the utter lack of a detailed technical specification or a detailed business plan for the scheme, even after 7 years of dithering by the Home Office, which has cost hundreds of millions of pounds so far.
The following Statutory Instrument comes into force on the 1st October 2009, at which point the National Identity Scheme, could , in theory have commenced,with a few unlucky token people having been forced to Register their biometrics and other personal details on the nascent National Identity Register.
2009 No. 2303 C. 100
25th August 2009
The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 44(3) of the Identity Cards Act 2006(1), makes the following Order:
1. This Order may be cited as the Identity Cards Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2009.
2. The following provisions of the Identity Cards Act 2006 shall come into force on 1st October 2009 -
(a) Section 22 (Appointment of National Identity Scheme Commissioner);
(b) Section 23 (Reports by Commissioner);
So who is foolish enough,or greedy enough, to serve as the National Identity Scheme Commissioner i.e. the Labour Government's political scapegoat for when things go disastrously wrong with the National Identity Register ?
The post of National Identity Scheme Commissioner does not provide proper independent public scrutiny of the wretched scheme, since the incumbent will merely report annually to the Home Secretary, who will censor anything too embarrassing. This Commissioner will, no doubt, just like the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act Commissioners, deliberately not be given the budget or resources, to deal directly with the general public.
(c) Section 24 (Jurisdiction of Intelligence Services Commissioner and Tribunal); and
(d) Section 42 (General interpretation) so far as necessary for the interpretation of the provisions specified above.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
25th August 2009
That would be Lord Brett, who has signed this Order, rather than any of the elected Labour politicians at the Home Office.
(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order brings into force on 1st October 2009 the provisions of the Identity Cards Act 2006 listed in article 2
Please join or support or contribute financially to the cross political party (all of the major ones except for Labour), the NO2ID Campaign, against the creeping database state and this particular, embarrassingly inept, yet intrusive and repressive National Identity Scheme.