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Passports: Interviews

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the speech of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in the Adjournment debate of 12 March 2007, Official Report, columns 131-4, on passport interview centres, what consultations he has undertaken with stakeholders from (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton in deciding the location of remote interview facilities for passport application interviews. (128871)

Consultation on the proposed location of passport remote interview facilities in sparsely populated parts of the UK, as defined by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), was undertaken with local and regional bodies in those areas. Somerset is not defined as a sparsely populated area in this context.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the speech of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in the Adjournment debate of 12 March 2007, Official Report, columns 131-4, on passport interview centres, when the interview centres in (a) Barnstaple, (b) Bristol, (c) Exeter and (d) Yeovil will be fully operational; and for how many days per week each will be open. (128872)

The requirement to attend an interview will be introduced gradually, starting with interviews in a limited number of interview offices in the next few months, with further offices being added progressively through to the end of 2007.

The number of days per week each interview office will open are:

Interview centre

Number of days

(a) Barnstable

2

(b) Bristol

5

(c) Exeter

3

(d) Yeovil

3