14 May 2010
UK immigration limit and identification card changes
Identity cards for UK citizens will be scrapped and a UK immigration cap will be introduced, the new Home Secretary Teresa May announced.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: "We will be scrapping ID cards but also introducing an annual cap on the number of migrants coming into the UK from outside the European union."
Details on the annual UK immigration limit have not yet been announced.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have opposed ID cards for UK citizens from the beginning, arguing that they are expensive, invade privacy and have done little to tackle organised crime or terrorism.
The process of rescinding ID cards and the accompanying National Identity Register will be announced in the future. The cards remain valid, but Home Office officials said they would advise anyone thinking of applying to wait for further announcements.
Other changes include reforms to the DNA database, tighter regulation of CCTV and a review of libel laws as part of a roll-back of state powers introduced by Labour.