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Departmental Theft

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many thefts from his Department have been recorded in the last two years. (318999)

In the financial year 2007-08 there was a total of 17 thefts from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The items stolen are:

Number

Building passes

3

Desk-top computers

3

Laptop computers

9

Mobile phones

2

In the financial year 2008-09 there was a total of 11 thefts from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The items stolen are:

Number

BlackBerrys

5

Laptop computers

5

Mobile phone

1

The stolen building passes were reported and cancelled ensuring that no unauthorised entry to CLG premises occurred.

None of the information contained on laptops, PCs or BlackBerrys was classified. However, each laptop and PC was password protected and the BlackBerrys were both encrypted and password protected.