HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c262W
25. Mr. Archer

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to increase the number of permanent staff in passport offices.

Mr. Renton

Passport department officials are in consultation with trade union representatives about staffing levels, pending a full review of staffing requirements which is to be undertaken following the completion of the current computerisation programme.

45. Mr. Rowe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the average times taken to process non-urgent passport applications at major passport offices; and what were the comparable times one year ago.

Mr. Renton

The current processing times for straightforward non-urgent postal applications at the six United Kingdom passport offices are shown in the table, together with those of a year ago. Urgent applications are given priority, and are not normally subject to delay.

Average time between receipt of application and issue of passport
(working days)
Passport office 19 February 1989 21 February 1988
London 18 37
Glasgow 20 22
Peterborough 18 18
Newport 24 16
Liverpool 24 12
Belfast 3 3

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