Oral Answers to Questions — Passport Office (Tees-Side)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

New passport offices will be opened in Peterborough and Newport (Monmouthshire) at the end of this year. Should the demand for passports continue to increase, it may later be desirable to open additional offices, and, in that event, the claim of Tees-side will certainly be considered.

Photo of Mr James Tinn Mr James Tinn , Cleveland

In considering Tees-side's claim in that event, will my hon. Friend net forget—I am sure that he will be the last to do so—that the new county borough of Tees-side will be second only to Birmingham in size and, therefore, should rank high in the queue for Government offices?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

I agree that Tees-side is an excellent location for new offices, offering admirable facilities and a great deal of local good will.