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Passports

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants who have attended personal passport interviews were refused a passport. [HL4879]

There has been one application refused as a direct result of a confirmation of identity interview. As the main function of the interview is to act as a deterrent to those attempting to assume another identity, we expect the number to remain low.

Refusals of applications on identity grounds are rare; rather applications tend to lapse because of the applicant's failure to attend an interview or respond to requests for additional evidence of identity.