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Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the number of British citizens who do not have a valid UK passport. (204900)

The total number of passports issued by IPS and currently valid is estimated at 48,080,000 (an exact figure cannot be given because lost and stolen passports may not be immediately replaced).

When this figure is compared with the current population of the United Kingdom (61,412,000) it is estimated that 21.7 per cent. of the UK population do not hold a valid UK passport.