HC Deb 22 October 2001 vol 373 cc72-3W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation payments the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has made for the loss of passports and original documents, and at what cost, in each of the past 10 years. [8069]

Angela Eagle

Details of compensation payments were not recorded centrally prior to April 2000.

Records of compensation payments made in respect of claims against the Integrated Casework Directorate have been kept centrally since April 2000. In the financial year 2000–01, 410 claims were approved; £44,550 was paid in compensation. In the first six months of the current financial year, 214 claims have been approved and £68,165 has been paid. As there is a timelag of around two months between authorisation and payment, a number of claims agreed in 2000–01 will have been paid in the current financial year. Records of payments do not differentiate between claims in connection with lost passports and other claims arising from maladministration by the directorate but we estimate that around 85 per cent. relate to lost passports and associated costs such as travel expenses.