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Adjournment debate

On 25 October 2010, Labour MP Jessica Morden led a debate on the government's plans to close Newport's passport office.

More than 245 jobs could be lost in the planned closure, with a further 27 to go as four local offices are shut.

The Newport East MP warned that the closure of the office would have a "devastating effect" on Newport's businesses, as people waiting to pick up their passports often spend the four-hour wait shopping in the city centre.

Damian Green, replying for the government, told MPs that "cuts have to be made" and that the IPS is making cuts across all its regional offices.

The immigration minister said that the IPS had used an "evidence-based" approach when identifying the Newport office as the main candidate for potential closure.

Mr Green added that a formal 90-day consultation period with trade unions on the closure had begun.

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