You dont need the counterpart to start driving i didn't anyway.... But you do need to show it when you go for your theory test....
Well you need it to do your test, so at some point you will have to buy another one.
I am about to start lessons and i asked my teacher if i needed to bring it and he said no, just the plastic card one, so you might be okay.
but you definatly need it for your theory+pratical test
i wouldnt worry for theory but i would get it replaced at some point
Yep just say you lost both parts so you don't have to bother sending half of it back
Not sure if it's the same for a provisional but it's worth calling the DVLA. I needed to replace the paper counterpart of my full licence about a month ago. It did cost me £17.50 but I had a brand new licence, both card and paper parts, within a week of phoning DVLA.
The way they do it now is that they (DVLA) will send you both parts again so you will get a new photocard as well. it costs £17.50 to replace it.
I had to do it recently for work.