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Passports: Applications

Question for Home Office

UIN 4512, tabled on 18 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to improve the time taken to process passport applications.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

26 May 2022

Ahead of unrestricted international travel returning, HM Passport Office prepared extensively to serve an unprecedented number of customers, with 9.5 million British passport applications forecasted throughout 2022.

These preparations have ensured that passport applications can be processed in higher numbers than ever before. This was demonstrated in March and April 2022 when HM Passport Office achieved a record monthly high by completing the processing of approximately two million applications.

Ministers continue to meet regularly with officials to monitor performance, and to explore further options that will help to ensure that people receive their passports in good time.

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Home Office
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