§ Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passports sent to the DVLA as proof of identity in driving licence applications were reported lost(a) en route to the DVLA and (b) in the offices of the DVLA, in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
[holding answer 8 July 2003]: Identity documents have been sent to DVLA since 1999. More recently, customers are now able to take applications and passports to DVLA's local offices and some 750 Post Offices, enabling them to be examined and returned immediately. 12 per cent. of all applications are made in this way. Drivers are advised that responsibility for the delivery of passports rests with the Royal Mail. No records are kept by DVLA of the non-receipt of passports.