Passports

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many passports were reported lost or stolen in the last financial year; how many passports which have been reported lost or stolen were subsequently handed back to the authorities; and whether the charges made to those losing their passports reflect the complete cost of issuing replacement passports.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Asylum and Immigration), Home Office, Minister (Home Office) (Asylum & Immigration)

The United Kingdom Passport Service records information on passports reported lost, stolen or unavailable. For the year ending 31 March 2001 there were 122,269 passports recorded under this category. The Passport Service does not routinely collect data on the number of passports lost or stolen which have been recovered.

Requests for the issue of a replacement passport are handled in the same way as first-time applications. The costs involved are broadly comparable and therefore no additional charges are made. The Passport Service operates on a net running cost regime and all costs are recovered through receipt of passport fees.

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