415. Passports and proof of national status.

A passport may be granted by the Crown at any time to enable a British subject to travel1 to and enter foreign countries2. In form a passport is a request in the Queen's name to afford the holder free passage and any necessary assistance. It also serves as a certificate of identity and citizenship for the purpose of entry into the United Kingdom3. Passports are issued under the royal prerogative4 in the discretion of the Secretary of State5, who has power to require relevant information6; and passports are the property of the Crown, not of the passport-holder7. A passport