Cards scheme was reached today, as the home secretary announced that
PA Consulting Group will be working with the Home Office to develop
The government has chosen the company to work as its development
partner on the Identity Cards programme, to help determine the best
way of designing and implementing the scheme.
The company will work on the design, feasibility testing, business
case and procurement elements of the programme. As the programme
proceeds it will be subject to regular Office of Government Commerce
Mr Blunkett said: 'The government's plan to bring in a national UK
Identity Cards scheme will bring enormous benefits to us as
individuals and as a society.
'This is an ambitious, long-term project which will be introduced
incrementally over a number of years. We are determined to get it
right, and bringing in expertise from outside government at this
early stage will help us do that.
'Experience from previous projects has shown that early detailed work
on feasibility and testing reduces the risks and increases success.
Our work with our development partner is one of the key parts of our
programme of work leading to the issuing of the first identity cards
The development of the Identity Cards programme will remain at all
times in the control of the Home Office.
1. Approaches were made to a number of companies who have framework
agreements with the Office of Government Commerce to provide
management and business consultancy to government departments.
2. The contract has been let competitively and bids were assessed on
a Value for Money basis.
3. There are safeguards to ensure that this contract does not reduce
competition for later procurement exercises for the components to
build the scheme.
4. Further information on the OGC Gateway Revie w process is available
5. The government published a consultation paper on Entitlement Cards
and Identity Fraud on 3 July 2002. The consultation period ended on
31 January 2003. The public consultation and polling results were
published on 11 November 2003 and are available here.
6. The home secretary set out the government's plans for a national
identity card scheme in his Statement to Parliament on 11 November.
The draft Identity Cards Bill was published on 26 April 2004.