The UK Passport Agency website at http://www.ukpa.gov.uk/
makes no mention of requiring fingerprints or any other biometrics (except your photo, as ever was). They mention on their news page at
http://www.ukpa.gov.uk/news/news.asp?st ... ement=1020
(dated 17th Nov 2005):
that the fee going up nine quid from 1st December '05 is intended to fund (among other wonderful things):
the gradual introduction of new biometric ´ePassports´ from February 2006
This is sort of confirmed on http://www.ukpa.gov.uk/news/news.asp?st ... ement=1007
(12th Sep 2005) which explains how the good citizens of Manchester were to be invited to a "roadshow" all about the wonders of biometrics in preparation for the introduction of "ePassports" from "early 2006". This gushy little news piece explains how our caring government
"does not want British citizens to have ´second class´ passports and will be moving towards fingerprint as well as facial image data in passports in the future to keep in step with our European partners."
and explains how
Members of the public will be able to have their irises and fingerprints recorded as part of the UK Passport Service (UKPS) awareness raising campaign taking place around the country.
"Be able", eh? Nice to have the choice… I hope they destroyed the recorded data after they'd finished the demo. Of course
Personally I'm quite happy with my nasty "second class" passport which I replaced in August last year (at which time the date for biometric ones was rumoured to be October '05).