This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The changes are explained in a six minute video produced by the Foreign Office and the Identity and Passport Service.
On 1 April, the Identity and Passport Service took responsibility for the overseas passports operation.
The aim is to save money by reducing processing costs, and ensure safety by not moving blank passports around the world.
New passport processing procedures explained
20 May 2011
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
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