Security

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many House of Commons security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 2001.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The following table captures the available data on passes reported lost and stolen:

October to December 2007 January to October 2008
Lost 5 16
Stolen 0 3
Total 5 19

These data have been taken from the new pass system introduced in summer 2007. Data prior to October 2007 are in an old software system, not easily accessible at present. Work is under way to try and make the old system compatible with the new so that historic information can be easily retrieved.

As I told Mr. Maude on 8 July 2008, Hansard, column 1453W, the number of parliamentary photo-identity passes that had been lost or stolen in the 24 months leading up to June 2008 was 31 and that 313 had been reported missing over the past nine years.

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