Biometrics: Post Offices

Home Office written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department's contract with the Post Office Ltd to provide the biometric residence permit collection service (a) began, (b) will end; and whether he plans to extend that service.

Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has paid to Post Office Ltd to provide the biometric residence permit collection service in each year for which data is available.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The contract with the Post Office Ltd to provide the biometric residence permit (BRP) collection service started in June 2012, although the service only became operational in February 2015. The current BRP Collection contract is due to end in July 2019, however we do have an option to extend the contract for a further year to July 2020. The Home Office is currently considering this option, a decision is imminent.

In terms of the yearly cost of the contract:

2018/19: £2,131,283. 95

2017/18: £2,056,394.35

2016/17: £2,051,690.25

2015/16: £1,610,036.95

2014/15: £123,000

2013/14: £257,000

2012/13: £1,558,000

2011/12: £441,000 (Set up costs)

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