§ Lord Jacobs
asked the Chairman of Committees:
How many passes to Parliament are in issue; and how many are unaccounted for. [HL166]
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara)
There are currently just under 14,000 passes in issue for the Parliamentary Estate. This year to the end of November, 56 passes have been reported missing or not returned to the Pass Office when no longer required. All such passes are cancelled and cannot be used to open doors using the card readers. Steps are also taken to ensure the return of expired passes, and new passes are not issued to sponsors until passes that are no longer required are recovered and returned.