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Laptop Computers

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement. [98705]

Current Treasury records simply assign ownership of laptops and other small equipment to Budget centres within the Department, and so a distinction between (a) and (b) is not made.

1996+ 145299,4211
1997+ 59132,9823
1998+ 1533,9671
2000+ 135301,4971
2001+ 100168,5432


  • 1. All recorded losses of laptops have been due to theft. The figure for 2002 does not include 16 old and redundant laptops that were removed without authorisation from a temporary stockroom during the move to new accommodation.
  • 2. The totals above indicate acquisitions and do not reflect the actual number in use, which is affected by occasional stock holding and by old equipment being replaced with newer models. At present the number of laptops supported is about 300.