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Departmental ICT

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1972W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistants have been replaced by his Department; and at what cost. (202440)

When a laptop, mobile phone or digital personal assistant is recorded lost or stolen and the reportee requests a replacement, a review is undertaken to determine whether a business need still exists before replacement is considered.

In practically all cases a replacement device is provided but no separate record is maintained of the decision to replace or whether a new or reconditioned device was provided.

The following table shows the replacement value recorded at the time the device was reported as lost or stolen. The table also includes details of losses for 2007-08.

I regret that the answer given on 29 February, on the number of personal digital assistants (PDAs) reported lost or stolen in 2005-06 was incorrect due to typographical error. The figure is corrected in the following table.

Financial year

Mobile phones

Value (£)

PDAs

Value (£)

Laptops

Value (£)

2001-02

36

994.77

3

656.84

35

62,275.89

2002-03

37

2,692.53

1

247.71

30

49,672.07

2003-04

29

1,953.57

3

1,107.29

34

51,459.63

2004-05

15

1,398.97

2

757.87

23

32,783.94

2005-06

11

436.52

4

1,822.04

18

20,599.97

2006-07

18

652.50

4

1,617.40

11

11,509.71

2007-08

21

809.48

9

2,261.30

14

13,887.47

Totals

167

8,929.34

26

8,470.45

165

242,188.68