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Common Format Passport

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a specimen copy of the common format passport.

Prototypes of the new British passport in the European Community common format were placed in the Library in July 1984, together with a background note giving more information about it. I am arranging for these to be supplemented by the latest, but not yet final, version of the new passport which incorporates all the Community languages and contains additional safeguards against forgery, together with an updated version of the background note.