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Passports: Interviews

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost has been of establishing each passport interview office, broken down by (a) capital costs, (b) staffing costs and (c) other operational costs; (202246)

(2) what has been spent on establishing and operating the network of passport interview offices.

Staffing and operational costs per interview office are unavailable at this time as the network of offices is only just reaching full operational status. In due course it is our intention to publish the staffing and operational costs for 2008-09, the first full year of operations.

However, the monthly cost of operating the interview office network during 2008-09, including office rental, security, IT systems, administrative overheads and staff is estimated at £2.50 million. This excludes the cost of depreciation of relevant capital expenditure.

Subject to year-end adjustments for 2007-08, the total capital expenditure to date to establish the network of interview offices has been £49.9 million. Within this total, the capital costs to establish each office are as follows:

Cost centre

Fit-out costs (£)

Belfast

554,625

Armagh

384,173

Coleraine

364,662

Omagh

368,781

Birmingham

1,129,056

Derby

494,053

Leicester

382,369

Northampton

379,860

Shrewsbury

364,662

Stoke on Trent

372,095

Warwick

368,051

Dundee

377,292

Edinburgh

423,095

Glasgow

991,170

Aberdeen

370,649

Inverness

369,016

Oban

379,338

Stirling

374,267

Wick

365,218

Leeds

730,386

Kingston on Hull

381,155

Scarborough

379,783

Sheffield

485,260

York

401,083

Liverpool

606,682

Wrexham

375,898

Manchester

1,350,224

Blackburn

426,495

Carlisle

377,485

Dumfries

369,686

Selkirk

395,040

Kendal

364,662

Middlesbrough

421,827

Newcastle

734,647

Berwick Upon Tweed

368,781

Ripon

365,025

Crawley

373,520

Dover

378,143

Brighton

434,592

Luton

486,166

London

2,569,743

Chelmsford

431,560

Maidstone

388,721

Bristol

431,923

Cheltenham

369,335

Newport

562,411

Aberystwyth

368,781

Swansea

423,230

Swindon

369,733

Bury St Edmunds

369,189

Ipswich

369,016

Kings Lynn

376,407

Lincoln

382,119

Norwich

380,430

Peterborough

494,404

Sleaford

368,231

Redruth

379,874

Exeter

377,340

Plymouth

497,120

South Molton

369,544

St. Austell

366,835

Yeovil

376,022

Bournemouth

376,501

Newport (IOW)

365,387

Oxford

377,835

Portsmouth

461,079

Reading

598,544

Andover

367,712

Total

32,588,000