Identity and Passport Service

Home Department written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many United States citizens are employed by the Identity and Passport Service.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The place of birth of each Identity and Passport Service (IPS) employee is not held on a database which can be interrogated in order for the IPS to supply this information.

However, the IPS employment eligibility criteria states that posts are open to UK nationals, British protected persons, Commonwealth citizens, EEA nationals of other member states and certain EEA family members, who have no employment restriction or time limit on their permitted stay in the UK and who should also have been a resident for five years immediately preceding their application.

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Gerard Mulholland
Posted on 19 Mar 2007 9:30 pm (Report this annotation)

On Thursday 22 February 2007, I collected my sons new passport at the UK Consulate's Passport Office at 18 bis (that's how you write '18A' in French) rue d'Anjou in the 8th arrondisement of Paris.
The person who checked my ID and handed me the passport had an accent that surprised me.
I remarked that that was a very interesting accent to hear in a British Embassy and asked where she was from. She looked very long and very hard at me and reflected for an awfully long time before she replied "I'm from the States".