Woke up and saw this bit of news:
"A plan for private firms, shops and the Royal Mail to bid for contracts to fingerprint millions of people for the new identity cards is being unveiled.
ID card contract plans announced
The Government is aiming to contract out the task of gathering biometric data for new passports and ID to the private sector, according to reports.
Applicants will have all ten fingerprints and their faces scanned. The data will then be passed to the Identity and Passport Service to be stored on the new, computerised National Identity Register.
A Home Office spokeswoman confirmed that the Government wanted to create a network of places where people could easily go to complete the application procedures for the biometric documents.
The spokeswoman said: "We are going to have open discussions with organisations."
"The Passport Service needs to develop a network of convenient outlets in the UK that customers can visit."
The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is also expected to disclose that the cost of the scheme - previously estimated at £4.5 billion - is now put at closer to £5 billion."