[JURIST] UK Home Secretary David Blunkett said Wednesday that government plans to issue national ID cards will help protect people's identities rather than threaten their civil liberties. Blunkett, who was speaking at the Institute of Public Policy Research, said the extent of information on the cards would be limited to personal details including name, address, date of birth, along with a unique biometric identification such as a fingerprint or iris scan. The controversial plan was questioned by the Home Affairs committee in Parliament in a report [PDF] issued in July. Read a Home Office press release. The Home Office has more on the ID card plan. Northern Ireland's National News has more.