HM Passport Office

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to enable DNA testing to be carried out in regional passport offices.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

The need for a DNA test to clarify an applicant’s claim to British nationality is rare, affecting a small number of cases. It is not compulsory to undergo a test to support an application for a passport.

In light of this, the supervised submission of a sample for DNA testing is conducted in our London office at present. The feasibility of offering this in other passport offices is currently under review. The DNA test itself is conducted in an accredited laboratory.

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