Passports: Biometrics

Home Department written question – answered on 17th June 2010.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour, City of Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of jobs of the Government's policy not to proceed on the next phase of biometric passports.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 6 June 2010

There is currently an ongoing process of restructuring in the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) to reflect cancelling of identity cards, the decision to halt Second Generation Biometric Passports and the IPS contribution to budget savings. IPS continues to work to finalise revised structures, consult trade union representatives and update and support those directly involved. So far we have announced that 60 temporary staff at our Durham office have been released three months earlier than expected.

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