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Mobile Phones

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phones used by (a) himself, his Ministers of State, and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State. (b) his Department's special advisers and (c) his department officials have been listed as lost or stolen in each year since 1997. [98574]

Since the creation of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 29 May 2002, the number of mobile phones used by Ministers, special advisers and departmental officials that have been lost or stolen are set out in the following table.

Number of mobile phones lostNumber of mobile phones stolen
Special advisers01
Departmental officials1Records not held centrally1Records not held centrally
1Records on mobile phones are not held centrally and can only be provided at disproportionate cost—the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently in the process of compiling a comprehensive list following the Machinery of Government changes.