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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who applied to renew their UK passports in 2005 did so with a current address in the Irish Republic. (80750)

The number of passports issued by the British embassy in Dublin in financial year 2005-06 is 10,817.

Identity and Passport Service (IPS) do not issue passports to applicants with a current address outside of the UK. This is due to the security issues relating to distributing passports by post.

Applicants who reside in the Irish Republic and who do not have a valid UK address are required to renew their passports via a local British embassy office.