HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 c968W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of days on average it takes to(a) process a new passport application by post and (b) renew a passport by post; and if he will make a statement. [123580]

Beverley Hughes

In the week ending 6 July the average processing time for a single straightforward, properly completed application made by post was five days for a new passport and four days for a renewal. It is not possible to state the average time for processing non-straightforward applications as this depends on the time it takes to resolve queries on these applications.

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