Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 3:31 pm, 28th June 2005

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The effect of moving to a biometric passport is to raise the cost of the passport to of the order of £65 on each occasion. Members in all parts of the House must acknowledge that that can be avoided only if the United Kingdom were to choose to stand aside from the international biometric development that I have described, which would, in turn, lead to costs for those of our citizens who wish to travel in any given way. So that £65 is a cost that we meet without any reference to the Identity Cards Bill now before the House. That is an important and critical point.

On top of that biometric passport cost, the biometric ID card would cost an additional £25 to £30. That is the unit cost published in the regulatory impact assessment. It is not the charge that the Government agreed—

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 2 Jul 2005 11:44 pm (Report this annotation)

A British passport presently costs £41. The Home Secretary proposes an increase of £24 to upgrade to the new biometric standard. In Australia the new biometric passport will cost only AU$19, about £8, than the existing passport. Why are we to be charged three times as much as Australians for the new passports?

Reference: http://www.ag.gov.au/agd/WWW/justiceministerHome.nsf/Page/Me...