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UK Passports

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK passports were reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. (75004)

[holding answer 7 June 2006]: It is not possible for the UK Passport Service to identify exactly how many passports were reported lost or stolen in Northern Ireland. However, the Belfast passport office, which serves the Northern Ireland area, processed the following reports of (a) loss and (b) theft of a passport for the calendar years of 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date.

Belfast

Lost

Stolen

2004

9,496

1,959

2005

9,615

1,117

2006 (to date)

4,329

473

The total figures across the UK for the last three years are as follows:

UK

Lost

Stolen

Other

Total

2003

184,301

2004

212,745

50,737

11,558

275,040

2005

230,011

45,709

11,268

286,988

2006 (to 6 June)

96,292

16,037

4,712

117,041