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Passports: Lost Property

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports were reported lost or stolen in the last 12 months; and how many valid passports there were in that period. (250524)

In 2008, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) processed 296,018 reports of lost and stolen passports. There were 249,261 reports of lost passports, 38,120 stolen with the balance of 8,637 in the ‘other’ category. ‘Other’ includes passports reported as damaged or destroyed.

The latest estimate of the number of passports issued by IPS and currently valid is 47,282,000 (an exact figure cannot be given because lost and stolen passports may not be replaced immediately).