§ Mr. Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the birthplace of persons issued with passports is recorded at Her Majesty's consulates at Lusaka and Gaberone but not at Johannesburg.
§ Mr. Luard
Information about the birthplaces of persons to whom passports have been issued can be obtained only from the application forms kept at the posts. My answer to the hon. Member's Question on 27th May gave estimated figures for passports issued to person born in Rhodesia, issued at Johannesburg, because it would have been possible to produce firm figures in time only at disproportionate cost. Our posts at Lusaka and Gaberone, which issue a smaller number of passports, were more easily able to produce precise figures.