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Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of passport applications approved by the Post Office check and send service were subsequently rejected by the Passport Office in the last 12 months. (264786)

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not reject applications that are incomplete or incorrect.

In the 12 months commencing March 2008, IPS received 2,523,230 applications via the Check & Send service provided by Post Office Limited. Of these, 1.68 per cent. (42,324) were identified as incomplete or incorrect upon receipt by IPS and required further action to allow the application to progress.