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Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts relating to biometric passports his Department plans to let; when he expects each such contract to be put out to tender; and what the estimated monetary value is of each such contract. (310384)

[holding answer 12 January 2010]: The Home Department has no current plans to let any further contracts in relation to the design and/or production of biometric passports. Several support arrangements that will facilitate the delivery of biometric passport books are either under consideration or in the early stages of the tender process.

Procurement activity in the form of a request for expressions of interest for the provision of front office services has recently begun. It is not possible to provide details of the potential value of this arrangement at this time as this may prejudice the Department’s commercial position during the tendering process.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the cost of including fingerprint data in passports in each year from 2010-11 to 2018-19. (310386)

[holding answer 12 January 2010]: It is intended that passports incorporating fingerprints will be introduced from 2012 onwards and applicants for such passports will be enrolled on the National Identity Register. From that point, common business processes and technology infrastructure will be used to register applicants on the National Identity Register and issue them with an identity card and/or a passport.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Identity and Passport Service has spent in each month since October 2006; how many passports were issued in each such month; and how much revenue accrued in fees for such passports in each such month. (310387)

[holding answer 12 January 2010]: The following table outlines passport revenue, total expenditure for the Agency and volumes of passports issued for Identity and Passport Service from October 2006 to September 2009:

Passport revenue (£)

Expenditure (£)

Passports issued (Number)

October 2006 to March 2007




April 2007 to March 2008




April 2008 to March 2009




April 2009 to September 2009




Expenditure for the Agency includes that incurred for Passport, Home Office funded and GRO activities, a breakdown for which can be obtained in the segmental reporting note of the Annual Report and Accounts for respective years.