To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of the United States on their policy that all visitors from the United Kingdom travelling on passports issued after 16 October without a biometric chip will require a visa; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary wrote to the US Secretary of State on
The scale of the technical challenge currently makes the US requirement unachievable for the UK, and most other countries, before the end of 2005.
British citizens visiting the US with machine-readable passports issued before