After rejecting the plans five times, the House of Lords finally dropped its resistance to fingerprint and take mugshots of everyone on the island.
Compulsory ID cards?
Of course not! You will not be required to use an ID card unless you wish to work, use the banking or health system, travel or receive benefits.
Will your data be secure on their hands?
Government items to have disappeared since 1997 include a motorbike, laptops, mobile phones, satellite phones, BlackBerries, a Victorian desk, numerous satellite navigation devices, a £10 wall clock, a toaster and 12 rolls of gaffer tape.
And this is not me making it up, this list is the written answer supplied to Mike Weir, the Scottish National Party MP for Angus.