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Of the contrary, no (28)
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VP92 – Decrease of UK passport fees, _thestudent33
Decrease of UK passport fees

UK passport fees should be halved for those applying within the UK.

The price of passports can mean that less privileged members of society cannot obtain one. Thus, the government should halve the fees to make passports more affordable and accessible to those who cannot currently afford one.

This decrease only applies to Adult and Child standard 34-page passports.

The changes are as follows:

Adult (online application) From £75.50 to £37.75
Child (online application) From £49 to £24.50

Adult (paper application) From £85 to £42.50
Child (paper application) From £58.50 to £29.25
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If for the purposes of travel one would suggest that if you can't afford the small difference you should reconsider the travel, if for the sake of ID accessibility there are much much much better alternatives.
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Nay; there are many reasons to oppose this, and very few genuine reasons to support.

A. there are cheaper, more "accessible" forms of acceptable ID available not least - payment cards (when photo ID isn't required) or provisional driving licenses; if one cannot afford a passport, but can afford the items that so require it (i.e. an international holiday), it calls into question priorities. A passport only needs to be renewed once every 5 years, and if we throw in the cost of photos it works out about £16 a year, or £1 and a bit a month - less than a cup of coffee.

B. the argument of cost; passports aren't simple things to produce, and require several security features in built and the constant maintenance of digital records and systems.

C. the use of passport fees to streamline and otherwise support the protection of our borders and items such as e-Gates which benefit all.

D. if we further subsidise passports, where do we stop with other items - prescriptions, transportation, mobile phone services, water, gas, electricity...the list goes on.

Strong nay, and I argue members of this House to put reason and rationale over emotion, and vote against this motion.
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Nay.

It is not the job of the state to encourage its citizens to leave the country.
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Nay. People voting for this are stupid, how is the cost of processing these applications going to be covered?

If you can't afford a passport for travelling, don't go on holiday.
Can't afford it for ID, find another valid form of ID.

People voting down things because it reduces fees, thinking oh that's automatically a good thing. No.
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No, an expensive change that saves the average person £3.15 per year, I pay more than that for a coffee. We should have far higher priorities.
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If you are in a situation on holiday where you need £40 worth of savings, you should rethinl your holiday expenses.
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One No has been removed due to an ineligible vote by Aph (double vote in seat 34).
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The Ayes to the right: 12
The Noes to the left: 28
Abstentions: 3

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Turnout: 95.56%
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