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Passports: Forgery

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged passports were seized by police in each year since 1997. [8828]

Damian Green: The information requested is not available. The Home Office does not collect information on seizures of forged passports and the Identity and Passport Service is not routinely informed of forged passports seized by the police. Such documents would not necessarily be UK passports but could be forgeries of a wide range of national passports.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested on suspicion of offences related to passport forgery in each year since 1997. [8830]

Damian Green: The information requested is not available. The Home Office does collect and publish statistics on arrests. Statistics are collected by the main offence group (e.g. fraud and forgery). However, the greater level of detail required to respond to this question is not collected.

Visas: Information and Communications Technology

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) interruptions in service and (b) major faults in her Department's IT systems used to administer visa applications in Pakistan have been recorded in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. [8888]

Damian Green: There have been interruptions to the visa service in Pakistan for a number of reasons over the last five years.


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2006

Non- IT related interruptions

Major IT faults

2007

Non- IT related interruptions

Major IT faults

2008

Non- IT related interruptions

Major IT faults

2009

Non IT related interruptions

Major-IT faults

2010

Non-IT related interruptions

Major IT faults

None of the above IT faults would have caused any significant delay to applicants who had applied in good time.


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