The government is making a new bid to introduce compulsory ID cards with its latest Identity Cards Bill.

The previous bill was dropped ahead of the general election after opposition MPs refused to back it. Conservatives and Liberal Democrats still oppose the plans, along with some Labour MPs, saying ministers need to “conclusively prove” they are needed.

The scheme would be phased in over a number of years and would link basic information, such as name, address and date of birth, to a computer scan of a person’s iris, face or fingerprints.

The cost of a card will be an estimated £93 per person.

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