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Passports: Fraud

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted a passport were subsequently found to have made their application fraudulently in each year since 2003. (250079)

Information on the number of fraudulently obtained passports for each of the years since 2003 is not available as the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not routinely collate information on the year of issue of passports found later to have been issued as result of fraudulent applications. Furthermore, IPS is not always informed when fraudulent passports are identified, seized and taken out of circulation by other agencies in the UK and abroad.