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Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration he has given to allowing British citizens resident in (a) the European Union and (b) Switzerland to submit passport renewal applications to be processed by post. (313533)

The Identity and Passport Service does not accept postal applications made from overseas, including those made from other European Union countries and Switzerland, and no consideration has been given to accepting applications by post from overseas.

If British citizens resident in any of these countries want to renew their passport, they would need to contact their local British embassy or consulate. Alternatively, they could return to the United Kingdom and apply in person to the Identity and Passport Service.