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Departmental Lost Property

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the replacement of that property. (322069)

During the period 1 February 2009 to 31 January 2010, 116 items were reported as missing on this Department's and its predecessors’ central London estate with an estimated replacement value of £32,044. Of these, 22 items were subsequently found with an estimated replacement value of £3,257.

The Department records items as missing as it is not always possible to prove theft as the reason for the loss of items and some items reported are subsequently found.

The figure includes small, low value personal items as well as items of electrical equipment, such as ICT equipment, mobile phones and accessories (some of which may have been personal items) and multi media equipment.