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Passports

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) staff were employed on average in and (b) passports were issued by each of the passport offices in the UK in 2008. (253088)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: The number of staff employed on average and the number of passports issued by regional offices are as follows:

Region

Passports produced

Average FTEs

London

235,873

262

Liverpool

1,050,389

380

Peterborough

991,319

458

Newport

765,821

306

Glasgow

232,268

202

Belfast

348,900

160

Durham

1,669,111

588

Total

5,293,681

2,355

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week each passport office is open; and if she will make a statement. (253670)

The Identity and Passport Service's seven regional passport offices are open for the hours listed in the following table. The various days and individual opening hours of the 68 interview offices are given on our website at:

www.ips.gov.uk

Regional Passport Office

Days

Opening times

Total hours open

Belfast

Monday to Friday

8.30 am - 5.00pm

48 hours 30 minutes

Saturday

9.00 am - 3.00pm

Durham

Monday to Friday

8.30 am - 5.00pm

48 hours 30 minutes

Saturday

9.00 am - 3.00pm

Glasgow

Monday to Friday

8.15 am - 5.00pm

49 hours 45 minutes

Saturday

9.00 am - 3.00pm

Liverpool

Monday to Friday

18.00 - 5.00pm

53 hours 30 minutes

Saturday

9.00 - 3.00pm

London

Monday to Friday

7.45 am - 7.00pm

62 hours 15 minutes

Saturday

9.15 am - 3.15pm

Newport

Monday to Friday

8.00 am - 5.00pm

51 hours

Saturday

9.00 am - 3.00pm

Peterborough

Monday to Friday

18.00 am - 5.00pm

51 hours

Saturday

9.00 am - 3.00pm

1 Liverpool and Peterborough are open until 6.00pm from March until September.