Cameron 'shares concerns' over passport delays

The Prime Minister "shares the concerns of families" about delays in the processing of passport applications, his official spokesman says.

He told a Westminster briefing that David Cameron: "very much understands concerns about the delays that people have been experiencing", adding "that is why it is absolutely right that additional measures have been taken."

The spokesman said that the number of applications for passports in the early months of this year was more than 10% up on the same period of 2013.

"We will continue to stay very vigilant on this, because families shouldn't face delays," he said.

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Some passport interviews suspended amid backlog

Interviews for first-time applicants for passports have been suspended in London as staff struggle to deal with the 30,000 backlog of applications, the Home Office has said.