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Passports: Fraud

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in 2009; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft and (b) false declarations where the individual was otherwise entitled to a passport. (319577)

IPS estimates that in the calendar year 2009 there were 13,396 fraudulent passport applications. The number of confirmed frauds detected in 2009 was around 8,600 of which 167 involved identity theft. IPS does not routinely collate data where a false declaration has been made where the applicant was otherwise entitled to a passport.