6 OVERALL CONCLUSIONS
279. We believe that an identity card scheme could
make a significant contribution to achieving the aims set out
for it by the Government, particularly tackling crime and terrorism.
In principle, an identity card scheme could also play a useful
role in improving the co-ordination of and the citizen's access
to public services, although the Government has not yet put forward
clear proposals to do so. We believe that the Government has made
a convincing case for proceeding with the introduction of identity
280. However, the introduction of identity cards
carries clear risks, both for individuals and for the successful
implementation of the scheme. We are concerned by the lack of
clarity and definition on key elements of the scheme and its future
operation and by the lack of openness in the procurement process.
The lack of clarity and openness increases the risks of the project
substantially. This is not justified and must be addressed if
the scheme is to enjoy public confidence and to work and achieve
its aims in practice.