Britain is poised to launch a wide-ranging review of its security legislation in the wake of the attacks on New York and Washington, a government spokeswoman said on Sunday.
''The European Union's justice and home affairs committee of European justice ministers has been meeting to consider a range of proposals concerning such things as fast-track extradition
and arrest warrants,'' the home office (interior ministry) spokeswoman told media persons.
''We'll be considering some of the proposals that came out of those discussions. We're looking to build on the provisions of last year's terrorism act,'' she said.
''It could result in new legislation being put before Parliament, but nothing's been decided yet.''
However, one measure unlikely to reach the statute books in the forseeable future is the introduction of identity cards.
''Home Secretary David Blunkett has made it categorically clear that he won't be introducing id cards in the wake of the attacks in the United States. It's a move that needs a wide-ranging debate,'' the spokeswoman said.
A poll carried out for Sunday's news of the world newspaper said 85 percent of Britons support the introduction of such a card.
The poll, conducted by Mori, found 86 percent of Britons thought ID cards would help the police fight crime, 77 percent believed they would help identify illegal immigrants and three in five thought they would help fight terrorism.
However, 11 percent of those questioned opposed the idea of bringing in ID cards, while twice that proportion thought the cards would infringe their personal freedoms.
The chairman of the police federation, which represents rank and file police officers, backed the idea.
Fred Broughton told the paper: ''Personal identification is now a priority and securing our individual identity is the first matter to address.''