§ Mr. Evennett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time taken by the Passport Office to (i) issue and (ii) renew passports.
§ Mr. Renton
The time taken to deal with passport applications varies from office to office. Current delay times for non-urgent applications of all types at each of the regional offices are as follows:
Working days London 36 Peterborough 15 Newport 10 Glasgow 8 Liverpool 6 Belfast 2
Urgent applications are given priority; all others are dealt with in date of receipt order, irrespective of the type of application.