HC Deb 08 June 1990 vol 173 c728W
Mr. Walden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for renewing passports after 10 years.

Mr. John Patten

The validity of the United Kingdom passport is normally limited to 10 years in line with international passport practice. As a document of nationality and identity, a passport must reflect the changes that can occur over time in a person's appearance and national status. There is also the problem of wear and tear.