Passport Office: Newark

Home Department written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of the Newark Passport Office on passport application processing times.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The Identity and Passport Service does not have an office in Newark, I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the Newport office.

The Newport office is not closing. In May 2011 I announced that the Newport office will be transformed into a customer service centre, and that the processing of postal and online applications will be transferred to other passport processing centres. This will have no impact on processing times.

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