Britain issues new version of passport

Five-old Elliot Coutts Miller became the first Briton to receive the new version of UK passport.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

London: Five-old Elliot Coutts Miller on Friday became the first Briton to receive the new version of UK passport, redesigned to ensure it remains as a secure document as ever.

Elliot, who attends Shortwood Infant School in Surrey,
received his passport at the London passport office based in
Globe House in Victoria.

The new passport, which was unveiled in August,
contains a number of enhanced security features to keep
fraudsters at bay ensuring that the British passport remains a
highly trusted document.

From December 2010, the majority of applicants
applying for a passport should receive the new design, which
will be phased in gradually from this month, with all
applicants receiving the new version from October next year.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "I am
delighted Elliot is the first person to receive this new
passport which has been redesigned to ensure it remains a
secure a document as ever.

"The passport contains strengthened security measures,
which includes designs of iconic images from across the
nation, making the passport difficult to forge and helping
ensure the British passport remains a highly trusted passport
meeting rigorous international standards."

Elliot, from Stanwell Moor near Heathrow, received his
passport in preparation for a family holiday and was given
permission from his headmistress to take time off to receive
his passport in person.

Elliot Coutts Miller, said "I am very excited with my
new passport. I like the pictures especially the butterfly."

The new passport`s pages contain images of well-known
UK scenes, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower
Peninsular, Ben Nevis and the Giant`s Causeway.

The new design, which will continue to contain a chip
holding the owners details, will replace the current UK
ePassport introduced in 2006 to comply with the US Visa Waiver
Programme.

An adult passport costs 77.50 pounds for standard
service and 112.50 pounds for the one week Fast Track service.

A child passport costs 49 pounds for standard service
and 96.50 pounds for the one-week Fast Track service.

PTI