Passports: Fraud

Home Office written question – answered on 25th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of UK passports (1) in circulation, and (2) potential circulation that are the subject of fraudulent production.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Her Majesty's Passport Office does not monitor or record data on British passport holders who enter or leave the UK. On 31 December 2017, there were just under 50 million valid UK passports in issue that were not cancelled, lost or stolen. This data is calculated at the end of each calendar year.

HM Passport Office does not estimate the numbers of passports which might have been obtained fraudulently but the following table details the detections of fraudulently obtained passports in the last five years.

Financial Year

Fraudulently Obtained document detections

2013/14

1,223

2014/15

548

2015/16

1,013

2016/17

559

2017/18

515

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