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Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many passports were reported lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed in 2006; and how many replacement passports were issued. [HL1350]

In 2006 the Identity and Passport Service processed 290,996 reports of lost and stolen passports. There were 237,879 reports of lost passports, 41,830 stolen, with the balance of 11,287 in the “other” category. Other includes passports reported as damaged or destroyed.

The IPS issued 298,172 replacement passports in 2006. The figure for replacement passports includes those issued to replace lost or stolen documents, but also replacements following a change of name and replacements where the original passport has been damaged but the holder submits the damaged document with the replacement application.