HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 c175W
39. Sir Anthony Royle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request his Community colleagues to agree that the new uniform style of European passports should incorporate a similar hard cover to the current British passport.

Mr. Luard

No. I see no need to press for the adoption of a hard cover by all member States. Although each State will conform to a standard cover format, the materials used will not necessarily be identical. We are not the only member State which has hard-covered passports.