The British Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes, has advised East Derry MP Gregory Campbell that the London Government has no intention of re-opening a Passport Office in the South.
She said a Dublin office operated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) closed in 2014 and that London was quite pleased with the savings achieved since.
Ms. Nokes indicated neither the Home Office nor the FCO had any intention of re-opening it.
Mr. Campbell asked the Minister whether her department had “made an assessment of the potential merits of opening a Passport Office in Dublin better to facilitate responses to the high level of demand for British Passports from people who live in the Irish Republic”.
She replied: “Overseas applications were previously processed by the FCO from ‘offshore’ locations, including an office in Dublin.
“Application processing was repatriated to the UK in 2014, which included the closure of the Dublin office, and resulted in substantial savings.
“The department has not re-considered this decision since 2014.”