§ Lord Rooker
The Privy Council has made an Order in Council, the Consular Fees (Amendment) Order 2001, which gives authority for an increase in passport fees in the United Kingdom. The increase will take affect on 14 January 2002. The fee for a standard 32-page passport will increase from £28 to £30 and for a 48-page passport from £38 to £40. The fee for amending an existing passport will increase from £17 to £18. The cost of a passport for a child will increase from £14.80 to £16. The additional charge for those making applications in person in the United Kingdom will increase from £12 to £15. The fee for a collective passport for organised trips for schools and youth groups will increase from £40 to £42.
Two new services will be introduced for 14 January 2002 at passport office public counters. A one-week guaranteed service will cost an additional £15. A same-day premium service will cost an additional £30.
This is the first increase in passport fees for two years. In relation to the cost of travel abroad, a fee of £30 for a standard 10-year passport still represents very good value for money.