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Passports: Applications

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of first-time applicants were awarded UK passports from the Glasgow Passport Office within six to eight weeks of the date of application in the last period for which figures are available; (159183)

(2) how many first-time passport applicants in the UK who failed in their initial application for a UK passport were successful in their (a) second, (b) third and (c) fourth attempts in the last period for which figures are available;

(3) how many first-time passport applicants in Scotland who failed in their initial application for a UK passport were successful in their (a) second, (b) third and (c) fourth attempts in the last period for which figures are available.

The Identity and Passport Service does not hold data on the number of attempts an applicant for a UK passport must make to have an application accepted.

In the last five months, approximately 71,500 first- time passports were issued in Glasgow. Of these, 725 (1.0 per cent.) took six to eight weeks to complete as they were complex, non-straightforward cases.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many first-time passport applicants in the UK had their initial application refused in each year since 1997; (159306)

(2) how many first-time passport applicants from Ochil and South Perthshire had their initial application refused in each year since 1997;

(3) how many first-time passport applicants from Scotland had their initial application refused in each year since 1997.

Information is not available in the form requested. Identity and Passport Service statistics record the final outcome of applications and do not show whether the applications were initial or subsequent applications. Records of applications that do not result in the issue of a passport are broken down between those that failed because the applicant did not hold British nationality and those that were unsuccessful for any other reason. No breakdown by area or by application type is available and the information is not held for years before 2002. The available figures are as follows.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total intake

5,507,748

5,650,771

6,140,667

6,543,122

6,429,927

Total unsuccessful

30,131

33,613

34,094

39,085

38,251

Percentage of total intake

0.55

0.59

0.56

0.60

0.59