Skip to main content

Passports

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas contain the full biometric data which is included in passports issued in the United Kingdom; and, if so, since what date. [HL975]

Full validity passports, issued by UK missions overseas, are identical to the passports issued in the UK by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS). The rollout of this new biometric passport was completed by the IPS, for UK applicants, in March 2006, and at our overseas missions by August 2006.

Where British nationals require urgent travel documentation, they may opt for an emergency passport, a one-page travel document and valid for a single journey, or a temporary passport, which is a high-quality, secure and machine-readable document. Neither has electronic chips. Both these documents will be phased out, starting in 2009, and replaced with a secure emergency travel document which is both machine-readable and includes biometrics.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas contain the full biometric details of the holder which are in passports issued by the Identity and Passport Service in the United Kingdom. [HL1050]

Full validity biometric passports, issued by UK diplomatic missions overseas, are identical to the biometric passports issued in the UK by the Identity and Passport Service. Both contain the same data, including facial recognition biometrics, on their electronic chips.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances a United Kingdom diplomatic mission overseas will issue a United Kingdom passport. [HL1052]

A British national resident overseas can at most British embassies, consulates and high commissions apply for their first full-validity UK biometric passport, renew an existing passport, or replace a lost or stolen passport.

Where British nationals require urgent travel documents, they may opt for an emergency passport, a one-page travel document which is valid for a single journey, or a temporary passport which is valid for up to 12 months. Both of these documents will be phased out starting in 2009 and replaced with a secure emergency travel document which is machine-readable.

Emergency passports can be issued to British nationals (with right of abode or readmission to the UK, and with permanent residence outside the UK or EU), British Overseas Territories' citizens and residents of Hong Kong. In some circumstances, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will issue emergency passports to EU nationals without representation in non-EU countries, and to Commonwealth nationals without representation in non-Commonwealth countries, to return to their country of origin.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) how many Palestinian passport holders applied to enter the United Kingdom in 2000, 2004 and 2008; and (b) how many applications were successful. [HL1056]

The number of applications from Palestinian passport holders for visas to enter the UK received in 2004 and 2008, and the number of visas issued to Palestinians in those years, is shown in the table attached. Reliable data for 2000 is not available.

Year

Applications

Visas Issued

2004

1,152

1,016

2008

157

143

Source: CRS data 27.1.09

Data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.