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Departmental Lost Property

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) equipment and (b) data his Department has lost in the last 12 months. (256279)

Reported equipment losses for the last full year 2007-08, from creation of the Ministry of Justice in May 2007, included 11 laptop computers, one memory stick and 15 mobile telephones. In addition to lost equipment 12 laptops, two desktop computers and 14 mobile phones were reported as stolen. Four of the 11 laptops reported lost were subsequently recovered. Another one of those lost went missing in delivery and was never used. Records of mobile telephone losses are not held centrally and the numbers reported here have been taken from available records.

The Ministry recorded nine significant personal data related incidents for 2007-08, of which three involved loss of laptops (one from within secure Government premises and two outside) and two involved electronic storage devices (discs). Details are published in the resource accounts, laid before the House on 21 July 2008.