ID interrogation centres

ID Interrogation Centre networkHow do you fingerprint and number 60 million people? To begin with you need to get them to come to you. The government's solution to that problem is to make people report themselves when they get a passport.

As part of the creeping move to state identity control in Britain, ID interrogation centres are being set up all around the UK (see map, left). To begin with there will be 69, on top of the existing Passport Offices. A company called Mapeley, which owns the offices of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), was given the job of setting them up. Planning applications were mostly in by the end of 2006. Operations started tentatively in 2007, and by the beginning of 2008 over 50 centres were open.

From 2007 onwards when people as young as 16 apply for their first adult passport, they will* have to attend their nearest interrogation centre. There they will be subject to background checks, questioning to test their story against official records, photographs, and, before long, fingerprinting. Registration on the national ID database(s) - the 'National Identity Register' or NIR - will follow.

Even though the NIR has not been built yet, existing systems will collect and store the information about hundreds of thousands of people for later use. Passports already meet international standards. The only reason to do it is to prepare for the ID scheme.

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*Initially, only a few people were selected for an official grilling. As time goes on, more and more will be required to come into the centres.

  1. Towns with interrogation centres
  2. How to find the centre in your town
  3. What you can do
  4. Centres we uncovered

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Interrogation centre locations

Click on named locations in this table to jump to details of each centre below.


ABERDEEN EDINBURGH* Northallerton RIPON
ABERYSTWYTH* EXETER* NORTHAMPTON*
ANDOVER Galashiels SELKIRK NORWICH*
ARMAGH GLASGOW* Oban
Barnstaple SOUTH MOLTON Hastings (Brighton & Hove?)* OMAGH
BELFAST* HULL* OXFORD*
BERWICK UPON TWEED INVERNESS* PETERBOROUGH*
BIRMINGHAM* IPSWICH* PLYMOUTH*
BLACKBURN KENDAL PORTSMOUTH*
Boston SLEAFORD Kilmarnock READING*
BOURNEMOUTH* KINGS LYNN* SCARBOROUGH*
BRISTOL* LEEDS* SHEFFIELD*
BURY ST EDMUNDS LEICESTER* SHREWSBURY*
Camborne REDRUTH LINCOLN* ST AUSTELL
CARLISLE* LIVERPOOL* STIRLING*
CHELMSFORD* LONDON* STOKE-ON-TRENT
CHELTENHAM LUTON* SWANSEA*
COLERAINE* MAIDSTONE SWINDON*
CRAWLEY MANCHESTER* WARWICK
DERBY MIDDLESBROUGH* WICK
DOVER* NEWCASTLE* WREXHAM
DUMFRIES* NEWPORT* YEOVIL
DUNDEE* NEWPORT (ISLE OF WIGHT)* YORK*

*NO2ID already has a contact person in this area. Please do get in touch.

[Update, June 2007 and ongoing] Centres highlighted in CAPS have been confirmed as open, i.e. interrogations are already taking place within their catchment areas. If you know that the centre in your town/area has opened for business, please send us an e-mail with the details or write to our office.

[Update, October 2007] Centres highlighted in bold disclosed 'rental and facilities management charges' classified as "fruitless payments" in IPS' 2006-7 annual accounts, i.e. it is likely that some or all of these will shortly be open for business.

[Update, November 2007] The UK Identity & Passport Service (UK IPS) now has a page listing centres which are open: http://www.ips.gov.uk/passport/find-interview-office.asp

[Update, January 2008] The majority of the centres are now open. Please get in touch by e-mail or phone the NO2ID office on 020 7340 6077 if you are called for interview at any of the centres.


How to find the centre in your town

For the few remaining towns with no listed address, it should be relatively straightforward to find out about the planning application or planning permission. Your local authority makes all such information public. Search your local government website for applications by a company called 'Mapeley' or variations on this name (e.g. 'Mapeley Estates Limited' or 'Mapeley ABI Provider'). The site may already be a Revenue Enquiry Centre. You may have to ask at the council offices or town hall if the information is not available online, but planning officers are helpful, neutral in the process, and used to dealing with public enquiries.

If the plans have already been approved, do not despair - you will still have found out at least one crucial piece of information that the UK IPS may not yet have published: the actual street address of the centre. There may also be details of the size of the intended facility and its opening hours, for example. Please let us know what you discover. You can send an e-mail or write to our office.

Several of our supporters discovered the street location of their local interrogation centre by identifying planning applications for the installation of air conditioning (or 'condensing') units in offices that fit the correct profile, i.e. they are part of a Revenue Enquiry Centre or other HMRC building, and the company involved is Mapeley - usually operating through an agent. For example, in Newport IoW the application was made by a Shirley Carter of Morgan Lovell plc on behalf of Mapeley ABI Provider, Matthew Milroy. Such applications can be double-checked if floorplans are available by looking for 'interview rooms' marked on the plans.


What you can do

Now that most of the centres are open, we are very eager to speak with people who have been called in for interview. Few details have yet emerged as to what exactly goes on, though we know that officials will have access to a dossier of up to 200 personal questions from which they will ask a selection. The process by which you are awarded or denied a passport appears completely arbitrary. If you have been called for interview please send us an e-mail or write to our office.

If the centre's application has not yet been approved, planning rules give you a chance to oppose the development and to make other people aware of what is going on. There are many ways to raise objections and appeal decisions. It is a well-known process and lots of people have skills and experience. Local councilors and Civic Societies will know all about it. And there is plenty of information available for beginners. See, for example: http://www.planninghelp.org.uk/stop-or-improve-bad-development/

Your formal objection needs to be on valid planning grounds, e.g. lack of available parking, nuisance to neighbours, etc. But it will let you start a debate in local media (on the letters pages of your local papers, on radio, and so forth). And it is a chance to get everyone who cares about planning questions involved. That will help more people understand about ID cards and the database state. The reality of the interrogation centres will make people take notice.

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Centres we uncovered

ABERDEEN - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: BA6/1849
  • Address: Regent Centre, Regent Road, Aberdeen AB11 5NS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Aberdeen.

ABERYSTWYTH* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [MS Excel spreadsheet]
  • Reference: A070273
  • Address: Northgate House, Northgate Street, Aberystwyth, Dyfed SY23 2JS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Aberystwyth.

ANDOVER - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/02991/FULLN
  • Address: Aldwych House, Winchester Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 2EA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Andover.

ARMAGH - NOW OPEN

  • Address: 17-21 Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BW
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Armagh.

BELFAST* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: Z/2006/0736/F
  • Address: First floor, Norwood House, 96-102 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BD
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Belfast.

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 07/B/0548
  • Address: 3-4 The Chandlery, Quayside, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HE
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

BIRMINGHAM* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: C/03201/06/FUL
  • Address: 6th floor, Kensington House, 136 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LN
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Birmingham.

BLACKBURN - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 10/06/1042
  • Address: Ground floor, St Johns Court, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn BB1 6AR
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Blackburn.

BOURNEMOUTH* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: 1st Floor, Dean Park House, 8-10 Dean Park Crescent, Bournemouth BH1 1HL
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Bournemouth.

BRISTOL* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/03006/F
  • Address: 5th Floor, Monarch House, Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol BS1 4EX
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Bristol.

BURY ST EDMUNDS - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [Air conditioning units]
  • Reference: SE/07/0339
  • Address: Unit 1&2, Hillside Business Park, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7EA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Bury St Edmunds.

CARLISLE* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/1244
  • Address: Ground Floor, Suite 1, Regent's Court, Kingmoor Business Park, Carlisle CA6 4SJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Carlisle.

CHELMSFORD* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/02115/FUL
  • Address: First Floor, Rosebury House, 41 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6JJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Chelmsford.

CHELTENHAM - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/01701/FUL
  • Address: Montpellier House, Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1TA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Cheltenham.

COLERAINE - NOW OPEN

  • Planning announcement [PDF]
  • Reference: 0922/F
  • Address: River House, 17 Waterside, Coleraine BT51 3DP
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Coleraine.

CRAWLEY - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: CR/2006/0408/COU
  • Address: Second Floor, Belgrave House, Station Way, Northgate, Crawley RH10 1HU
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Crawley.

DERBY - NOW OPEN

  • Address: 2nd Floor, Stuart House, Green Lane, Derby DE1 1RS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Derby.

DOVER* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: DOV/06/01345
  • Address: Third Floor, Maybrook House, 25 New Street, Dover CT17 9AJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Dover.

DUMFRIES* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Ground Floor, 161 Broom Road, Dumfries DG1 3EX
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Dumfries.

DUNDEE* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 07/00173/FUL [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Units 1,2,3, The Nethergate Centre, 78 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4ER
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Dundee.

EDINBURGH* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: 1st floor, Apex 3, 95 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HD
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Edinburgh.

EXETER - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Part Suite 1, Ground Floor, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter EX4 3AY
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Exeter.

GLASGOW* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/00997/DC
  • Address: Ground Floor, Blythswood House, 200 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4DQ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Glasgow.

Hastings

  • Reference: HS/FA/06/00813 [Air conditioning units] - FAILED
  • Address: Queensbury House, 1 Havelock Rd, Hastings TN34 1BP
  • We understand that UK IPS is looking for alternative premises in Brighton and Hove.

HULL - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/01620/FULL [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Aldgate House, 1-4 Market Place, Kingston Upon Hull HU1 1RA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Hull.

INVERNESS* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/00925/FULIN
  • Address: Ground Floor Left, Lyle House, Fairview Business Park, Inverness IV2 6AA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Inverness.

IPSWICH* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/00853/FUL
  • Address: Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich IP1 3HS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Ipswich.

KENDAL - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: SL/2006/1179
  • Address: Unit C, Bridge Mills, Stramongate LA9 4UB
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Kendal.

KINGS LYNN - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Vancouver House, County Court Road, Kings Lynn PE30 5EW
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Kings Lynn.

LEEDS* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/03094/FU
  • Address: Ground Floor, 33 Park Place, Leeds LS1 2RY
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Leeds.

LEICESTER* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 20060869
  • Address: 3rd floor, Wellington House, 20-32 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HL
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Leicester.

LINCOLN* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 2006/0828/F
  • Address: Saracen House, Crusader Road, Lincoln LN6 7AS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Lincoln.

LIVERPOOL* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06F/2973
  • Address: Second Foor, Nations House, Edmund Street, Liverpool L3 9NY
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Liverpool.

LONDON* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Hannibal House, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6TE
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in London.

LUTON* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/00869/COU
  • Address: 4th Floor, A W House, 6-8 Stuart Street, Luton LU1 2SL
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Luton.

MAIDSTONE - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Medvale House, Mote Road, Maidstone ME15 6AE
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Maidstone.

MANCHESTER* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Third Floor, Westminster House, Portland Street, Manchester M1 3HU
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Manchester.

MIDDLESBROUGH* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: M/FP/1391/06/P
  • Address: Fifth Floor, Training and Enterprise House, 2 Queens Square, Middlesbrough TS2 1AA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Middlesbrough.

NEWCASTLE* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: First Floor, 2 Cathedral Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Newcastle.

NEWPORT - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/0787
  • Address: 15th floor, Chartist Tower, Upper Dock Street, Newport NP20 1DW
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Newport.

NEWPORT (ISLE OF WIGHT)* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: P/02530/06 [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Unit B, The Apex Centre, St Cross Business Park, Monks Brook, Isle Of Wight PO30 5WN
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Newport (IOW).

NORTHAMPTON - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: WN/2006/0169
  • Address: 14 Aquila House, St Giles Terrace, Northampton NN1 2BN
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Northampton.

NORWICH* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/00952/U
  • Address: St Crispin’s House, Duke Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1PD
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Norwich.

Oban

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/01354/ALTER
  • Address: 2 Glengallan Road, Oban, Argyll And Bute PA34 4HH

OMAGH - NOW OPEN

  • Address: 2nd floor, 41a Dublin Road, Omagh BT78 1HE
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Omagh.

OXFORD* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 07/00442/FUL
  • Address: Begbroke House, Wallbrook Court, North Hinksey Road, Botley, Oxford OX2 0QS
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Oxford.

PETERBOROUGH* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/00794/FUL
  • Address: First Floor West, Midgate House, Westgate City Road, Peterborough PE1 1TN
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Peterborough.

PLYMOUTH* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/00824/FUL
  • Address: Third Floor, Mayflower House, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LD
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Plymouth.

PORTSMOUTH* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/00393/FUL
  • Address: 8th Floor, Block D, Enterprise House, Isambard Brunel Road, Hampshire PO1 2RX
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Portsmouth.

READING* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/00858/FUL
  • Address: Kings Reach, 38 - 50 Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3AA
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Reading.

REDRUTH (was Camborne) - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [Air conditioning units]
  • Reference: PA07/00336/F
  • Address: The Chambers, Penryn Street, Redruth TR15 2SP
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Redruth.

RIPON (was Northallerton) - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/06092/FUL
  • Address: 1st Floor, Canalside House, Charter Road, Ripon HG4 1AJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Ripon.

SCARBOROUGH* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/02022/FL [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Ground Floor Unit, 4 Plaxton Park, Clayton Low Road, Eastfield, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3BQ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Scarborough.

SELKIRK (was Galashiels) - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Unit 8, Tweed Mill Business Park, Dunsdale Road, Selkirk TD7 5DU
  • Galashiels planning application - FAILED
  • On 16/4/07, Joan Ryan told Parliament that UK IPS "have not been able to secure suitable premises and are now extending our search to neighbouring towns".
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Selkirk.

SHEFFIELD* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/02984/CHU
  • Address: Ground Floor, Milton House, Charter Row, Sheffield S1 3FZ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Sheffield.

SHREWSBURY* - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/1336/F [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Mercury House, 2 Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury SY2 6LG
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Shrewsbury.

SLEAFORD (was Boston) - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Units 1 & 2, The Point, Lions Way, Sleaford NG34 8GG
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Sleaford.

SOUTH MOLTON* (was Barnstaple) - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 43699
  • Address: Crown Yealm House, Pathfield Business Park, South Molton EX36 3LH
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in South Molton.

ST AUSTELL - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Unit 2, Brunel Business Park, Carlyon Road, St Austelll PL25 4DB
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in St Austell.

STIRLING - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: S/06/00797/DET
  • Address: 2 Scotia House, Castle Business Park, Raploch, Stirling FK9 4TZ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Stirling.

STOKE-ON-TRENT - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Riverside II, Office Park, Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4RJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Stoke-on-Trent.

SWANSEA* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 2006/1702
  • Address: 3 Axis Court, Riverside Business Park, Swansea SA7 0AJ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Swansea.

SWINDON* - NOW OPEN

  • Address: Wiltshire Court, Farnsby Street, Swindon SN1 5AH
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Swindon.

WARWICK - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: W/06/1881
  • Address: First Floor, Westgate House, Market Street, Warwick, CV34 4DH
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Warwick.

WICK - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: 06/00490/ALTCA
  • Address: Unit 2, Lochshell Business Park, Wick KW1 4QR
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Wick.

WREXHAM - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application [PDF]
  • Reference: P/2006/0721
  • Address: First Floor, Kingsway House, Ellice Way, Wrexham LL13 7YT
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Wrexham.

YEOVIL - NOW OPEN

  • Reference: 06/04162/FUL [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Suite 28, Brunel House, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RT
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in Yeovil.

YORK* - NOW OPEN

  • Planning application
  • Reference: 06/01944/FUL [Air conditioning units]
  • Address: Rougier House, 5 Rougier Street, York YO1 6HZ
  • Please let us know if you have been selected for interview in York.

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