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Passports

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom passports were returned to the Identity and Passport Service in 2008 on the death of the holder. [HL1054]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British passports have been issued by the Belfast Passport Office in each of the past five calendar years. [HL1333]

The numbers of passports issued from the Belfast office over the last five complete calendar years are shown below:

2008

348,900

2007

380,455

2006

354,688

2005

361,099

2004

296,601

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for not putting the criteria for the withdrawal of passports from British citizens on a statutory basis. [HL1342]

In the White Paper The Governance of Britain—Constitutional Renewal (March 2008) and in the report Governance of Britain: One Year On (July 2008), the Government confirmed their intention to introduce comprehensive legislation on the procedures for issuing passports in place of the royal prerogative and this would cover the criteria for withdrawal of passports from British citizens.. A timetable for publishing draft legislation will be announced in due course.