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Property Services Agency

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the failures of security in the privatised Property Services Agency that permitted unauthorised individuals access to Government safes and cabinets.

PSA Services has not yet been privatised and is still a Government Department. The accounting officer will be giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on 27 January on the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General which comments on the accounting problems relating to security furniture. The Government will, of course, consider any report the committee makes on this issue.The computer recording the accounting material had no data on it which would facilitate access to Government safes and cabinets. Unauthorised access to it would not have created any threat to security.