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Ministerial Corrections

Monday 7 July 2014

Home Department

Passport Office (Delays)

The following is an extract from a speech given by the Minister for Security and Immigration, the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) during the debate on Passport Office (Delays) on 10 June 2014.

James Brokenshire: Between 1 January and 31 May 2014, HMPO received 3.3 million applications—350,000 more than the same period last year, and the highest volume of applications received for this period over the last 12 years. Indeed, in both March and May this year, HMPO recorded the highest level of applications received in any month over the last 12 years.

[Official Report, 10 June 2014, Vol. 582, c. 523.]

Letter of correction from James Brokenshire:

An error has been identified in part of the speech I gave during the debate on Passport Office (Delays).

The correct response should have been:

James Brokenshire: Between 1 January and 31 May 2014, HMPO received 3.3 million applications—350,000 more than the same period last year, and the highest volume of applications received for this period over the last 12 years. Indeed, in both March and May this year, HMPO recorded the highest level of applications received in any month over the last eight years.

Passport Applications

The following are extracts from speeches made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May) and the Minister for Security and Immigration, the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) during the debate on Passport Applications on 18 June 2014.

Mrs May: I have explained that HMPO is dealing with an unprecedented surge in demand for passports. HMPO has issued 3.3 million passports in the first

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five months of this year, compared with 2.95 million in the same period last year.

[Official Report, 18 June 2014, Vol. 582, c. 1136.]

Mrs May: Her Majesty’s Passport Office has issued 3.3 million passports in the first five months of this year, compared with 2.95 million in the same period last year.

[Official Report, 18 June 2014, Vol. 582, c. 1145.]

James Brokenshire: Her Majesty’s Passport Office issued 3.3 million passports in the first five months of the year, compared with 2.95 million in the same period last year.

[Official Report, 18 June 2014, Vol. 582, c. 1175.]

Letters of correction from Theresa May and James Brokenshire:

Errors have been identified in part of the speeches given during the debate on Passport Applications.

The correct response should have been:

Her Majesty’s Passport Office has received 3.3 million applications for passports in the first five months of this year, compared with 2.95 million in the same period last year.

Student Visas

The following is an extract from the Statement given by the Minister for Security and Immigration, the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) on Student Visas on 24 June 2014.

James Brokenshire: Overseas students at privately funded further education colleges are not allowed to work at all, yet one college—the London School of Business and Finance—has 290 foreign students who worked and paid tax last year.

[Official Report, 24 June 2014, Vol. 583, c. 207.]

Letter of correction from James Brokenshire:

An error has been identified in the statement given on 24 June 2014.

The correct statement should have been:

James Brokenshire: Overseas students at privately funded further education colleges are not allowed to work at all, yet one college—the London School of Business and Finance—has over 290 foreign students who worked and paid tax last year.