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Departmental Theft

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department. (322653)

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) takes a range of measures across its Estate which reflect the standards set out in HMG Security Policy Framework (SPF) issued by the Cabinet Office and available online at:

These measures to deter theft from within the Department include: controlling access to the Department's buildings; informing staff both at induction and on an ongoing basis of their responsibility to comply with the policies and procedures laid down for safe guarding departmental assets, including property and information; maintaining property asset registers; and having appropriate financial procedures in place to mitigate against the theft of money. It would not be appropriate to provide details of specific controls as this could undermine their effectiveness.