§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many claims for lost driving licences the DVLA has received in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
An application for a duplicate driving licence is appropriate where licences have been lost, stolen or defaced after being held by the driver for a certain length of time. From the statistics available it is not possible to state specifically how many applications are for lost licences only. However, during the past five years applications for duplicate driving licences have been.
DVLA does not meet claims for lost licences.
Number 1998–99 661,000 1999–2000 467,000 2000–01 510,000 2001–02 584,000 2002–03 700,000