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Passports: Finance

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual resource costs of providing passports to British citizens were in each of the last five years. (241861)

The annual expenditure of providing passports services for British nationals in each of the last five financial years was:

£ million

2007-08

367.8

2006-07

353.6

2005-06

263.9

2004-05

219.4

2003-04

171.3

The resource costs of providing passports to British nationals is recovered by the fees charged in accordance with HM Treasury guidance. Passport fee levels are reviewed annually with HM Treasury to ensure they remain at appropriate cost recovery levels.