HC Deb 07 February 1995 vol 254 c216W
Mr. Hain

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many United Kingdom passports have been(a) issued and (b) revoked since 1979.

Mr. Nicholas Baker

Figures for passport services are kept for financial years April to March. The numbers of each of the years since 1978–79 are:

Year Numbers
1978–79 1,614,382
1979–80 1,995,401
1980–81 2,168,344
1981–82 1,748,241
1982–83 2,014,687
1983–84 1,966,019
1984–85 1,800,440
1985–86 2,193,489
1986–87 2,588,426
1987–88 2,485,312
1988–89 2,841,888
1989–90 3,194,418
1990–91 3,116,939
1991–92 3,227,522
1992–93 3,368,060
1993–94 3,699,526

Withdrawal of a passport would be considered:

  1. a. if it came to the Passport Agency's attention on replacement that it had been issued incorrectly; and
  2. b. on the same basis as the refusal of an application. That is in the case of
  1. (i) a minor whose journey was known to be contrary to a court order, to the wishes of a parent or other person or authority to whom a court had awarded custody, care and control or to the provisions of section 25(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, as amended by the Children Act, 1989, or section 56 of the Adoption Act 1976;
  2. (ii) a person for whose arrest a warrant had been issued in the United Kingdom or who was wanted by the police on suspicion of a serious crime;
  3. (iii) in very rare cases, a person whose past or proposed activities were so demonstrably undesirable that the grant or continued enjoyment of passport facilities would be contrary to the public interest;
  4. (iv) a person repatriated at public expense until the debt has been repaid.

No records are kept of the numbers, but it is very rare for a passport to be withdrawn.

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