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Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 30 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports have been mislaid by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate over the past three years; and how many of these have subsequently been found. [108291]

[holding answer 14 April 2003]: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. In 2002, the Integrated Casework Directorate issued 390 lost passport letters for documents that could not immediately be found. However, a range of measures, including secure holding areas and early return of sponsors' passports, is being taken to improve performance.