Passports: Photographs

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1363W, on passports: photographs, how many and what proportion of applications were rejected from applicants living in Scotland in each of the last three years.

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

Data on passport photograph rejections are not kept in a way that allows a figure to be obtained for a specific area. Although passport applications originating from Scotland are dealt with by the Glasgow passport office, they also deal with applications emanating from elsewhere in the UK as a consequence of their catchment area which includes part of England. Additionally, IPS routinely transfers work between offices in order to provide the most efficient and effective service to the public.

The figures that are available show that the reject rate for the Glasgow office is in keeping with the overall reject rate of around 5.5 to 6 per cent.

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