Government confirms ID cards decked -

Civil servants at the Home Office confirmed today that both the ID card scheme and the National Identity Register are no more.

We reported last night that this was to be the likely end of a great white elephant that has already cost the British taxpayer an arm and a leg. Yesterday, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party entered into a coalition. Both parties had previously opposed ID cards in their respective manifestos.

In a statement on its web site, the Home Office Identity and Passport service said: "Applications can continue to be made for ID cards but we would advise anyone thinking of applying to wait for further announcements.

"Until Parliament agrees otherwise, identity cards remain valid and as such can still be used as an identity document and for travel within Europe. We will update you with further information as soon as we have it."