Just ask and Google will tell you how to get a passport (Getty)

From today, you’ll be able to ask Alexa for a new passport.

Not only that, but a range of public services are becoming available through smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, ministers have said.

Following a six-month trial project by a team from the Government Digital Service, people can now access more than 12,000 pieces of official information from the Gov.uk website without touching a computer keyboard.

Details available through the system range from how to apply for free childcare to the basic rate of tax and the national minimum wage.

Officials said it could soon be extended to cover additional services such as renewing road tax or finding out details of how to get married.

You can also ask Alexa (Image: Amazon)

The head of Gov.uk Jennifer Allum said: ‘These results are promising because voice services can be a really convenient way to get information, particularly for people who find computers and phones hard to use.’

Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden said: ‘This is all about making life easier for people who need to access information about Government services.’





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