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Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many passports for (a) citizens, and (b) subjects were issued during 2007 by the British embassy in Dublin. [HL2274]

Our embassy in Dublin issued 9,543 passports between 1 January and 31 December 2007. Of these 9,501 were EU common format passports and 42 were non-EU passports.

EU common format passports can be issued to either British citizens or to British subjects who have a connection to Ireland, as both are eligible to receive the benefits that are afforded to EU citizens (eg free movement within the EU).

We do not hold figures on the proportion of these passports that were issued to British citizens and British subjects. Collating this information would incur disproportionate cost.