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Entry Clearances: Biometrics

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many biometric enrolment centres are in operation; where they are located; how many applications they are expected to process in the next 12 months; and how many people they could each process and provide with identity cards each year if working at maximum capacity. (318707)

The Home Office has opened a total of 34 biometric enrolment offices across the UK. These are operational in the following places:

Enrolment offices

Aberdeen

Battersea

Beckenham

Beeston

Belfast

Blackburn

Bracknell

Brighton

Cambridge

Camden

Cardiff

Central Manchester

Croydon

Derby

Durham

Earls Court

Elephant and Castle

Glasgow

Kingstanding—Birmingham

Liverpool (2)

London

London City Airport

Middleton—Manchester

Manchester City Airport

Old Street—London EC1

Oxford

Queensway—Birmingham

Redditch

Romsey

Sheffield

Solihull

South Shields

Stamford

Anticipated capacity for enrolment for identity cards is 650,000 to 700,000 per annum.