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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

August 7, 2007: ID cards In The Pipeline

The Home Office have announced that the procurement process, which has now begun, marks the first major steps towards a national ID card programme. Procurement began this week , with publication of a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union inviting potential suppliers to get involved.

The notice will pave the way for a contract - known as a 'framework agreement' - with some pre-qualified suppliers. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will then be able to procure what it needs from that group of suppliers once work gets underway on the identity system.

For this programme, IPS will need companies and agencies that provide a range of skills, services and supplies, in both the private and public sectors. The programme will involve large, complex and secure systems, which will need to be managed reliably.

The ultimate goal, says the Home Office,  is to deliver a consistent, high-quality experience to the millions of people who will ultimately have and use ID cards. Home Office minister Meg Hillier said every step of the process was important, as the National Identity Scheme will be a crucial part of the UK's infrastructure:

'It has become increasingly clear that the methods we have traditionally relied on to prove ID are outdated, inefficient, and open to abuse,' she said. 'That has to end, and that is why we are taking the scheme forward. 'We are committed to introducing the scheme carefully and securely, minimising both cost and risk.'

The programme will provide one mechanism to prove identity. It will end the current mix of methods in which people are identified through letters or bills sent to their houses, or by producing passports or bank account cards as forms of ID. This system is unreliable, and easily defeated by criminals.

IPS Chief Executive James Hall has stated that the arguments for having an ID cards plan in place are compelling, and the will to deliver such a system has not faltered.

The strategic action plan for the National Identity Scheme sets out the basic timeline for the introduction of biometric immigration documents for foreign nationals in 2008, and identity cards for British citizens in 2009.