Laptop Computers

Treasury written question – answered on 14 June 2005.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many have been (i) lost and (ii) stolen in that period; what the cost of the use of laptops in that period was; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Current Treasury records simply assign ownership of laptops and other small equipment to Budget centres within the Department, and so a distinction between (a), (b) and (c) is not made.

Laptops Cost (£) Stolen
2003 107 130,107 9
2004 83 94,727 4
2005 (part) 64 61,931 1

Details for 1995–02 can be found in the answer given on 3 March 2003, Hansard, column 838W by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Twickenham.

The totals above indicate acquisitions and do not reflect the actual number in use, which is affected by occasional stock holding and by old equipment being replaced with newer models. At present the number of laptops supported is about 500.

All recorded losses of laptops have been due to theft.

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