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Departmental Security

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental identity cards have been reported lost or stolen by staff in HM Revenue and Customs in the last 24 months. (250518)

In the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2008, HMRC staff lost 298 departmental identity cards, and 41 were reported stolen. These losses represent a small proportion of the 30,000 ID cards held by HMRC.

HMRC provides a Helpdesk facility that enables staff to report such losses and thefts, and allows the Department to take appropriate steps to maintain security across all its estate, including reporting to the police and notification on the card administration database.