And who oversees the security ? I have visited (many years ago as part of my job )HMSO where passports are assembled, security was extremely strict. The special watermarked paper used is’ weighed in’, all the ‘offcuts’ are weighed and the weights have to be spot on. All this takes place in special security ‘cages’.
If this is ‘tendered’ out to other companies I wonder if they will take such strict precautions ?
The Home Office have said it will cost £500 MILLION. Some government minister on TV today has said it will cost nothing because passports are due to be amended/upgraded in 2019 anyway. Who to believe!!??
I think that we are better off believing that Father Christmas exists ! How can a government minister say that it will cost nothing, mind you they would say that wouldn’t they !
It’s like never never land since Brexit, but any which way we look at things its a win, win situation for government ministers with their high salaries and pensions …
Just found this quote Mandy, this might be the minister you heard … Labour MP Mary Creagh tweeted: “No-one under 45 will have owned a blue passport, and most will think they’re not worth £50 billion and crashing the economy.”
Face value - what a total waste of time and money… but hey let’s all jump on the knee jerk bandwagon.
When it eventually comes to the point…I expect I will be when the passports require renewing that you may get a different colour one.
Personally i couldn’t care less what colour it is; except not to waste millions on replacing every single one that is burgundy.
No it was Immigration minister Brandon Lewis on Good Morning Britain this morning at 6:37. It was a clip I saw on Twitter. He said that passports were going to be upgraded for extra security in 2019 and that this would have happened even if there was no Brexit. Therefore they were changing colour at the same time. As a result the colour change will cost the taxpayer nothing.
Interesting to note he said the taxpayer. I guess that means that the cost will be borne by those renewing a passport after 2019. It’s already a lot of money to renew a passport, wonder how much the cost will rise?