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Passports: Fraud

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were arrested in each of the last 18 months in relation to false passport offences attempting to (a) enter and (b) exit the United Kingdom. (170470)

During the period 1 April 2006 until 30 October 2007, a total of 1,949 persons were arrested by the Border Control Criminal Investigation Teams for a range of offences. Within the same period, 930 persons were convicted or cautioned in relation to false passport or identity offences.

Of these, 619 were convicted or cautioned under section 25 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 and 311 were convicted or cautioned under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

It is not possible to differentiate between those entering and exiting the country, as records are maintained only of the offences dealt with. Note also that these figures include persons detected by these criminal investigation teams at other stages, such as making applications to the Home Office.

A monthly breakdown of figures is not available from April 2006 to March 2007, however during this period, a total of 1,321 persons were arrested with 611 persons convicted or cautioned in relation to false passport or identity offences.

A monthly breakdown of convictions or cautions for these offences for each subsequent month, this financial period, is available in the table.

It should be noted that the figures provided relate only to prosecutions undertaken by the Border and Immigration Agency Border Control Criminal Investigation Teams. The data provided is based on locally collated management information, which may be subject to change and does not represent published national statistics.

2007

Section 3, Forgery and Counterfeiting Act

Section 25, Identity Cards Act

April

5

53

May

53

June

45

July

45

August

43

September

47

October

28