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Departmental Computers

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department’s (a) computers and (b) laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those items was. (168596)

The following figures show the number of reported thefts/losses of computers/laptops in DEFRA during 2007:

Item description

(a) Computers/desk tops—none

(b) Laptops—18

Following the outsourcing of IT services to IBM in October 2004, computers/laptops are no longer classed as departmental assets as they form part of the overall contract for the provision of IT services. All IT equipment therefore belongs to IBM. However, in an effort to reduce the losses of laptops, advice and guidance on the security of portable computer equipment is regularly issued to users.