Departmental ICT

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1972W, on departmental ICT, how many of the missing or stolen (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistants have been replaced by his Department; and at what cost.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

When a laptop, mobile phone or digital personal assistant is recorded lost or stolen and the reportee requests a replacement, a review is undertaken to determine whether a business need still exists before replacement is considered.

In practically all cases a replacement device is provided but no separate record is maintained of the decision to replace or whether a new or reconditioned device was provided.

The following table shows the replacement value recorded at the time the device was reported as lost or stolen. The table also includes details of losses for 2007-08.

I regret that the answer given on 29 February, on the number of personal digital assistants (PDAs) reported lost or stolen in 2005-06 was incorrect due to typographical error. The figure is corrected in the following table.

Financial year Mobile phones Value (£) PDAs Value (£) Laptops Value (£)
2001-02 36 994.77 3 656.84 35 62,275.89
2002-03 37 2,692.53 1 247.71 30 49,672.07
2003-04 29 1,953.57 3 1,107.29 34 51,459.63
2004-05 15 1,398.97 2 757.87 23 32,783.94
2005-06 11 436.52 4 1,822.04 18 20,599.97
2006-07 18 652.50 4 1,617.40 11 11,509.71
2007-08 21 809.48 9 2,261.30 14 13,887.47
Totals 167 8,929.34 26 8,470.45 165 242,188.68

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