The government has ditched plans to build a new computer system for its national identity cards scheme.
Information will instead be held on three existing and separate databases, said home secretary John Reid.
Reid has denied the move is a "u-turn" on the government’s initial plans, saying the decision would save cash, achieve greater efficiency and lower the
risk of fraud.
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Reid has also said that all foreign nationals living in and entering the UK will be fingerprinted and photographed from 2008.
The government says that national ID cards will help tackle illegal immigration, identity fraud and terrorism.
The ID cards are set to be introduced from 2009, and will be compulsory with passports from 2010.
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