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Departmental Security

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies in the last 24 months. (215608)

The following table shows the number of electronic passes recorded as lost and stolen from core DEFRA and its agencies between 1 January 2006 to 1 June 2008. The table has been compiled from information that was readily available. All electronic passes reported as lost or stolen are cancelled immediately on the access control system making them invalid. Losses of paper escorted and unescorted visitor passes (which are not able to activate access control points) are rare and are not recorded.

Lost

Stolen

DEFRA Core Department

364

28

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

20

0

Central Science Laboratory

16

1

Veterinary Laboratories Agency/Veterinary Medicines Directorate

35

1

Rural Payments Agency

120

17

Note:

Losses and thefts relating to passes issued to the Marine Fisheries Agency, the Government Decontamination Service and Pesticides Safety Directorate are included in the figures for DEFRA core Department. Figures do not include Animal Health as information is not available.