Summer passport chaos victims 'should get compensation'

Holidaymakers who suffered severe delays when using the fast-track passport renewal service should be compensated, an influential group of MPs has said.

The Home Affairs Select Committee (Hasc) wants to see the Passport Office back under ministerial control and compensation paid to victims of the summer passport chaos.

Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) was accused of putting holidaymakers' summer plans in jeopardy as it struggled to cope with demand and a backlog of applications in progress spiralled past half a million.

The number of applications has been cut from 550,000 to 90,000, according to ministers, but it has not been enough to stop thousands of families from missing their holiday.