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Passports: Fraud

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) fraudulent and (b) stolen (i) passports and (ii) driving licences in circulation. (227561)

The information is as follows:

(a) (i) The term "fraudulent passport" can refer to a number of categories of document, e.g. forgery, counterfeit and fraudulently obtained genuine documents, and can be either UK or foreign. There is no estimate for the number of such documents in circulation.

(b) (i) The total number of passports reported by holders and recorded by IPS as stolen from 2004 to 2007 is 179,669.

No estimate has been made of the number of fraudulent or stolen driving licences in circulation.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were issued by the Home Office in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997 that later transpired to have been fraudulently applied for. (227563)

The Identity and Passport Service does not routinely collate information on the year of issue of passports found later to have been issued as result of fraudulent applications. Further, IPS is not always informed when fraudulent passports are identified, seized and taken out of circulation by other agencies in the UK and abroad.