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North America: Embassies

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations his Department held prior to its decision to transfer the passport issue service from the British high commission in Ottawa to the North American Passport Production Centre; and if he will make a statement. (282593)

The decision to transfer passport services from the British high commission in Ottawa to the British embassy in Washington was taken by an internal Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Consular Programme Board in September 2008. This followed consultation with the high commissioner in Ottawa and the ambassador in Washington, other senior managers in both posts, the consular regional director for North America and the geographical directorate in the UK. The FCO director general for change and delivery and the permanent under secretary were both invited to comment on the board’s recommendation and subsequently endorsed the decision.