HC Deb 15 December 1948 vol 459 cc148-9W
69. Sir G. Fox

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he proposes to take to reduce the size of British passports, in view of the bulkiness of the documents which have to be carried by persons of dual nationality and the likelihood of their being lost through not being carried.

Mr. Bevin

British passports conform to the model recommended by an international conference on passports held under the auspices of the League of Nations in 1920. His Majesty's Government would not wish to change the passport without consulting the other interested governments, and as any reduction in size would be made at the expense of the space allotted to foreign visas it is considered unlikely that the change would be popular with the travelling public.

Persons who possess two nationalities are not obliged to hold two passports even though they sometimes find it convenient to do so. I should not, however, be justified in altering the size of the passport merely to suit the convenience of this small minority of travellers.