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Passports: Interviews

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of first-time passport applicants have been interviewed in each month since the interview system was established. (285794)

The proportion of first time adult passport applicants who have received passports and who had been interviewed in each month since the interview system was established in 2007 is approximately 90 per cent.

See following table:

Total first time adult interviews conducted

Total first time adult passports issued

Percentage of first time adults being interviewed

October 2007

2,259

26,132

9

November 2007

5,207

25,778

20

December 2007

9,031

17,293

52

January 2008

10,373

16,680

62

February 2008

23,537

25,660

92

March 2008

32,054

36605

88

April 2008

29,979

32,405

93

May 2008

31,341

34,253

91

June 2008

40,348

43,624

92

July 2008

26,606

29,974

89

August 2008

30,187

33,633

90

September 2008

19,765

21,815

91

October 2008

16,022

18,539

86

November 2008

19,533

21,798

90

December 2008

12,794

15,190

84

January 2009

13,947

14,165

98

February 2009

20,821

22,587

92

March 2009

31,466

33,928

93

April 2009

24,210

25,607

95

May 2009

30,818

33,220

93

June 2009

18,955

19,948

95

Total

432,756

479,631

90

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) staffing and (b) other costs have been of each passport interview centre in each month since such centres were established. (285795)

Personal passport interviews are conducted through the Interview Office Network (ION) of the Identity and Passport Service. The costs for each passport interview centre in each month since the Interview Office Network was established in July 2007 are as follows. This excludes the cost of depreciation of relevant set-up capital expenditure.

£

ION offices

Salaries

Other costs

Grand total

Bord—Berwick Upon Tweed

59,747

122,546

182,293

Bord—Carlisle

115,001

203,128

318,128

Bord—Dumfries

90,617

105,282

195,899

Bord—Kendal

137,581

187,828

325,409

Bord—Middlesbrough

409,061

321,856

730,917

Bord—Newcastle

587,257

523,989

1,111,246

Bord—Ripon

64,942

198,496

263,438

Bord—Selkirk

72,000

176,856

248,856

EA—Bury St. Edmunds

180,286

248,683

428,968

EA—Ipswich

242,738

188,490

431,229

EA—Kings Lynn

125,759

134,987

260,746

EA—Lincoln

238,066

157,630

395,696

EA—Norwich

230,731

235,137

465,868

EA—Peterborough

299,374

268,450

567,824

EA—Sleaford

103,976

131,872

235,848

ION OCM

18,173

3,305

21,478

ION—London

2,899,409

2,701,859

5,601,268

Mid—Birmingham

978,036

856,481

1,834,517

Mid—Derby

386,105

332,456

718,561

Mid—Leicester

246,616

268,496

515,112

Mid—Northampton

276,071

201,374

477,445

Mid—Shrewsbury

153,135

199,285

352,421

Mid—Stoke on Trent

288,878

240,756

529,634

Mid—Warwick

186,919

278,675

465,594

NE—Kingston on Hull

316,364

247,123

563,487

NE—Leeds

709,077

683,933

1,393,009

NE—Scarborough

126,844

163,524

290,368

NE—Sheffield

490,466

459,699

950,165

NE—York

160,201

236,692

396,894

NI—Armagh

110,837

172,605

283,442

NI—Belfast

345,431

327,623

673,054

NI—Coleraine

164,870

167,705

332,575

NI—Omagh

94,250

181,608

275,858

NW—Blackburn

354,964

302,737

657,701

NW—Liverpool

599,110

464,368

1,063,478

NW—Manchester

778,474

760,049

1,538,523

NW—Wrexham

244,748

282,252

527,000

S&MW—Aberystwyth

58,909

175,295

234,204

S&MW—Bristol

309,855

334,575

644,430

S&MW—Cheltenham

225,900

179,898

405,798

S&MW—Newport

498,625

326,819

825,444

S&MW—Swansea

342,703

290,512

633,215

S&MW—Swindon

138,924

186,558

325,482

Scot—Aberdeen

177,027

197,619

374,646

Scot—Dundee

176,718

186,248

362,966

Scot—Edinburgh

332,671

416,442

749,113

Scot—Glasgow

755,413

617,049

1,372,462

Scot—Inverness

138,573

166,992

305,565

Scot—Kilmarnock

33,836

2,301

36,138

Scot—Oban

20,879

191,043

211,922

Scot—Stirling

165,169

223,285

388,454

Scot—Wick

49,128

101,084

150,212

SE—Brighton

185,115

187,242

372,356

SE—Chelmsford

314,816

441,675

756,491

SE—Crawley

276,306

282,550

558,856

SE—Dover

190,309

222,295

412,604

SE—Luton

405,133

396,002

801,136

SE—Maidstone

275,478

212,565

488,043

Sth—Andover

209,256

172,151

381,407

Sth—Bournemouth

225,140

206,443

431,582

Sth—Newport (IOW)

102,229

170,241

272,470

Sth—Oxford

155,208

241,728

396,936

Sth—Portsmouth

440,517

424,074

864,591

Sth—Reading

359,911

574,926

934,837

SW—Exeter

243,638

177,275

420,913

SW—Plymouth

215,470

280,709

496,179

SW—Redruth

125,996

118,822

244,818

SW—South Molton

114,620

176,986

291,606

SW—St. Austell

169,271

133,070

302,341

SW—Yeovil

170,115

192,120

362,235

Total costs

20,488,970

20,944,430

41,433,399