Cable wants to cull ID card database

Vince Cable

Vince Cable has called for the ID card scheme and other government database projects to be scrapped.

In a speech today at the Liberal Democrat's conference in Bournemouth, the shadow chancellor continued the political debate on cuts, saying money could be better saved by getting rid of the schemes.

He said: "There is no need for vast government databases such as theID card scheme, the so-called super database and the NHS IT scheme."

Earlier this year, public sector analysts Kable said scrapping the controversial ID card scheme would save the government 3 billion alone. The NHS IT scheme has also come under a lot of criticisms due to its 12.7 billion price tag.

Cable concluded his speech by turning it round from cuts to investment. He disagreed with the continued investment into banks and instead suggested "a green future could be realised through real investment" which included green technologies and communications as areas worth looking into.

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