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Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to offer pensioners a special rate for the purchase of (a) a new biometric passport and (b) an identity card; and what plans he has for arrangements for those already entitled to free passports. (71691)

There are no plans to discount biometric passports for pensioners. Those born prior to 2 September 1929 who are already entitled to free passports will continue to be eligible for free biometric passports.

The final schedule of fees for identity and passport service products after the introduction of identity cards is not yet settled and is partly dependent on the outcome of forthcoming procurement processes. However, due consideration will be given to current passport fee policies before the schedule is finalised and the Identity Cards Act provides that the first schedule of fees must be approved by Parliament through secondary legislation under the affirmative order procedure.