Plans for a large scale rollout of ID cards to British nationals appear to have been delayed for two years - beyond the next general election. The government had planned to start issuing "significant volumes" of ID cards alongside passports from 2010. But leaked Home Office documents leaked suggest that it has now been put back to 2012. The Conservatives say the plan is "in the intensive care ward". The government said it always planned to introduce the cards "incrementally". While foreign nationals are due to start getting ID cards this year, the timetable for UK citizens over 16 has already slipped and the first ones are not expected to start being issued until next year.