§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed by the UK Passport and Records Agency; and what the figure was in each of the last three years. 
§ Beverley Hughes
The number of employees within the UK Passport Service throughout the year varies to match the seasonal pattern of demand. August is traditionally a period when employment levels are at there highest. As at 31 August 2003 the UK Passport Service employed 2,429 full time equivalent employees.
In the last three financial years the average number of employees at the Passport Service has been: