The BBC reports:
British citizens will “need” to have identity cards in future to protect themselves from threats, a former security minister has said.
Lord West said it was inevitable that the government would have to introduce a “chip and pin type card”.
It need not be called an “identity card,” he told peers, but without something “we will be very vulnerable”.
Home Office Minister Lord Taylor said the coalition was right to scrap ID cards and they would not be returning.
Peers were debating a proposal by Tory peer Baroness Miller of Hendon to introduce self-financing photo identity cards to make it easier for private landlords and others to check the status of prospective tenants when the new immigration bill becomes law next year.
Baroness Miller said such a task would be “virtually impossible” for private landlords.
But Lord Taylor of Holbeach rejected the idea, saying: “The government doesn’t believe that voluntary identity cards would actually help in the immigration bill processes.
There’s a video of sections of the debate linked from this separate BBC article.