A 2012 survey of over 2,000 people across the UK found that only 14% know that dialling 112 in the UK will reach the emergency services and only 3% recognised it was the EU emergency number. Do you know what it is for?
On 1 April 2011, the Identity and Passport service took responsibility for the overseas passports operation. Currently, if you live overseas you will still apply for a new/replacement passport through the Regional centres (Madrid for Portugal and Spain).
During 2011 the system will change in 2 stages, firstly to print all passports back in the UK and then send them direct to the applicant, and finally to transfer all Passport processing back to the UK.
The aim is to save money by reducing processing costs, and ensure safety by not moving blank passports around the world.