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Minister admits identity cards advantages 'over-emphasised'

A Government minister has admitted that the advantages of national identity cards have been 'over-emphasised'.
Tony McNulty, the Home Office minister responsible for the project, said ID cards would not solve the problems of terrorism or fraud.

In its 'enthusiasm' the Government had exaggerated the benefits to the state rather than for 'the individual in providing a gold standard in proving your identity', he reportedly told a private seminar in Whitehall.