Passports

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2012.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Member, Panel of Chairs, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) 11th June 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time was from time of receipt to time of dispatch to applicant for passport postal applications received by the Identity and Passport Service (a) in each month of the year of receipt and (b) at each passport application processing facility in each of the last three years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration 11th June 2012

The information in the table, provided by the Identity and Passport Service shows the monthly average turnaround times for applications in days for each location processing postal passport applications for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Average passport turnaround
days
  London North West and Central East and Midlands Wales and South West Scotland Northern Ireland North East National Average
2011                
December 0 6.7 6.2 2.3 1.3 3.4 5.4 5.5
November 0 8.6 8.5 2.9 1.2 8.3 7.3 7.6
October 0 5.4 5.9 1.9 1.1 5.4 6.2 5.2
September 0 3.2 3.1 1.9 3.4 3.2 3.2 2.9
August 0 6.9 7 2 3.5 5.3 6 5.8
July 0 6.9 6.9 2.2 2.7 5.4 6.8 6.3
June 0 2.7 3.1 2.7 1.3 3 3 2.9
May 0 4.4 4.1 2.6 2.1 3.8 4.4 4.1
April 2 2.1 2.2 1.9 2.2 1.8 1.9 2
March 0.5 2.4 2.9 3.6 1.7 2.5 2.6 2.7
February 1.3 1.9 2.6 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.3 2.3
January 0 2.2 2.2 2.6 1.2 2.5 2.5 2.4
                 
2010                
December 0.3 2.6 2.2 2.2 1.8 2.1 2.9 2.5
November 2.5 2 1.9 1.7 2 1.4 2.7 2.2
October 2.9 1.7 2.2 1.8 2 2.4 2 2
September 0 1.8 2.1 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.8
August 0 1.8 2.7 2.5 1.8 2.1 1.9 2.1
July 0 2.4 4.4 3.5 2.7 3.9 3.2 3.3
June 0.3 4.2 5.2 4.5 2.7 5.6 3.8 4.3
May 2.9 4.9 5.3 5.9 2.6 5.6 5.4 5.2
April 2 4.9 5.6 5.9 1.9 5.6 5.8 5.4
March 2.4 3.3 3.4 3.7 1.9 3.8 3.4 3.4
February 3.6 2.3 2.4 2.9 1.7 2.3 2.2 2.4
January 6.4 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.4 2.1 1.6 1.7
                 
2009                
December 2.3 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.4 2.3 1.6 1,8
November 1.5 2.1 2 1.5 1.1 2 1.6 1.8
October 2.2 2.4 2.2 1.5 1.5 2.1 2.1 2
September 1.2 5.5 5.7 3.8 1.9 3.6 3.7 4.3
August 0 6.1 6.1 6.2 2.3 5.4 6.2 6
July 1.5 4.9 7.1 5.6 2.8 7.5 6.1 6
June 1.9 6.2 7.2 6.4 3 8.1 6.7 6.7
May 3 4.4 4.6 3.7 2 4.6 4.6 4.3
April 1.1 3 2.6 1.8 1.4 2.8 2.4 2.4
March 1.4 1.9 2.4 1.4 2.3 3 2 2
February 0 1.7 1.9 1.2 1.9 2 1.5 1.6
January 0 1.6 1.5 1.1 2.1 1.7 1.4 1.4

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