Shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin said: ‘We fought off attempts by the government to do something very similar under cover of the Terrorism Bill earlier this year, and now we find that this was part of a plan to enlarge the scope of Big Brother throughout Whitehall.
‘We shall want to look very carefully and very sceptically at the details of any proposal.’
Letwin was commenting on a report from the Downing Street Performance and Innovation Unit, with backing from prime minister Tony Blair, proposing that the records of benefit offices, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Passport Service and others should all be inter-accessible to facilitate cross-checking.
The PIU believes the move would facilitate a crackdown on fraud and crime and enable citizens to access services without filling in detailed forms each time via telephone or the internet.
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