A former head of MI5 has claimed that noone in the intelligence services will be pushing for the introduction of identity cards.


Dame Stella Rimington told the Association of Colleges conference that she does not believe that ID cards will make the public safer and they would be ‘absolutely useless' if they could be forged as easily as other identity documents.


Rimington said: “ID cards have possibly some purpose, but I don't think that anybody in the intelligence services, particularly in my former service, would be pressing for ID cards.


“My angle on ID cards is that they may be of some use but only if they can be made unforgeable - and all our other documentation is quite easy to forge. If we have ID cards at vast expense and people can go into a back room and forge them they are going to be absolutely useless.”