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Departmental Lost Property

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what property has been lost or stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost was of replacement of such property. (263108)

Details of individual cases of property lost or stolen are maintained at a local level, and to obtain all information across the MoJ could be completed only at disproportionate cost. To determine which cases the police were involved in and to determine the replacement cost of the property could similarly be gathered only by making queries at an operational level across the organisation at disproportionate cost.

For the year to date 2008-09 the following unaudited balances are available for the value of property lost or stolen within HM Prison Service, where the majority of cases arise, totalling £190,396. This comprises:

Losses of stores: 863 instances; £98,357;

Loss of personal property for which compensation was paid to prisoners, staff or third parties: 1,598 instances; £92,038.