§ Mr. Lawrence
asked the Lord Privy Seal how many temporary visitor's passports had to be issued due to the delay in processing permanent passports as a result of the recent Civil Service industrial action; and what was the additional cost to passport applicants.
§ Mr. Luce
There was an increase of approximately half a million in the number of British visitor's passports issued during the period of the Civil Service industrial action over the number issued during the same period of 1980.
It was not possible to keep a record of those applicants who had to obtain British visitor's passports from post offices because their applications for standard passport facilities were delayed due to the industrial action.
All applicants for a British visitor's passport are required to pay £5.50 which is the statutory fee for issuing such a document.