From 1 June 2007,
first-time adult passport customers will no longer be able to use the fast
track one-week service as they will have to attend an interview, as part of the
passport application process.
These interviews are for passport customers aged 16 or over and who are
applying for a passport for the first time, and are being introduced along with
other anti-fraud measures.
First-time adult passport customers must allow more time to get their
passport. We recommend customers allow up to six weeks and not to make travel
arrangements until they have received their passport.
Please note the fast track one-week service will continue to be available as
usual for all other passport customers, such as for passport renewals.
Press release IPS
April 17, 2007
These intrusive interviews will also be used to collect information and data
related to the introduction of ID Cards.
We still await the Identity Cards Act Section 37 report into latest
10 year cost estimates for the National Identity Register / ID Card Scheme.
(2) Before the end of every six months beginning with the
laying of a report under this section, the Secretary of State must prepare and
lay before Parliament a further report setting out his estimate of the public
expenditure likely to be incurred on the ID cards scheme during the ten years
beginning with the end of those six months.
We understand that publication was illegally postponed with no good reason by
the Home Office until after the election, but the election is now over.
This government must be made to comply with the laws that it writes.
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from the inside out.