Passports

Home Department written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change has been in the number of passports which were (a) issued and (b) reported (i) lost and (ii) stolen between 2008 and 2013, by issuing passport office.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Passport applications are distributed across Her Majesty's Passport Office estate based on capacity and resources in each office. Data for 2008 to 2013 are shown in the following table.

Office 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 20131
Belfast 347,582 378,537 363,769 436,162 426,752 444,895
Durham 1,659,967 1,702,246 1,687,183 1,847,079 2,037,716 2,147,885
Glasgow 233,104 53,572 123,293 50,767 170,423 117,396
Liverpool 1,054,467 748,306 1,063,655 1,054,625 1,269,945 1,358,140
London 235,713 237,171 227,999 196,589 206,391 221,061
Newport 762,662 881,872 779,983 574,506 62,709 61,642
Peterborough 988,299 1,101,524 1,126,665 1,120,397 1,130,313 1,386,120
Total2 5,281,794 5,103,228 5,372,547 5,280,125 5,304,249 5,737,139
1 Includes overseas passports now issued in UK 2 Figures prior to 2013 do not include UK passports issued by FCO. 2013 was the transition year. Full repatriation of this activity completed in early 2014.

Lost and stolen data are collated at national level only and not available separated by issuing office. The following table provides a breakdown of how many passports have been reported (i) lost, and (ii) stolen between 2008 and 2013.

  Lost passport Stolen passport Other replacement passport Total lost stolen or other replacement passport
2008 249,261 38,120 8,637 296,018
2009 232,852 32,276 7,835 272,963
2010 239,211 31,790 8,478 279,479
2011 250,256 31,900 8,986 291,142
2012 247,129 29,318 8,624 285,071
2013 279,468 32,071 9,884 321,423

The category “other” is used by Her Majesty's Passport Office predominantly when a passport is declared damaged or destroyed.

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