question of identity*
- 23 April 2007
- published by Whitehall and Westminster World,
- the Civil Service network
'A question of identity' profiles the Identity and Passport
- The IPS was established as an executive agency of the Home
Office last April. Hall has overall responsibility for the organisation,
operation and management of the service, including the successful
introduction of identity cards and the national identity scheme.
- The scheme aims to provide a comprehensive and secure way
of managing the personal identity data of all those who legally reside
or work in the UK by helping secure our borders and tackle illegal
immigration, prevent identity fraud and become a key defence in the
fight against crime and terrorism. The scheme also aims to improve
customer service, as it will make it possible to join up and personalise
services across government departments, and the wider public sector.
It is followed by 10 essays, eight submitted between 1 and
16 July 2007, the ninth on 14 April 2008 and the tenth on 5 May 2008 as
comments to the W&WW website, which question the ability of the National
Identity Scheme to achieve its objectives.
* The article in question seems to have disappeared from
the Whitehall & Westminster World website. There is a cached version
** Not any more, there isn't. Here
is a copy of the article, together with the first eight essays, the
last two are lost to posterity.