Departmental Security

Communities and Local Government 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) her Department and its predecessors and (ii) agencies sponsored by her Department in each year since 2001.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

DCLG was formed on 5 May 2006 and this reply also relates to its predecessor, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. However, records for security passes reported as (a) lost and (b) stolen in the London HQ buildings are not available before 2005.

London HQ buildings:
2005 2006 2007 2008
Lost 43 69 31 18
Stolen 7 6 0 3

The Government office for west midlands reissued all of their passes on 1 January 2008. No records have been retained about losses up to that date.

Government offices for the regions
GOL GOE GOEM GONE GOSE GOSW GONW GOYH GOWM
2001 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Lost 0 0 0 3 0 0 24 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Lost 29 0 0 5 1 0 15 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Lost 30 0 0 2 1 0 10 0 1
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Lost 20 0 0 12 1 0 6 2 1
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008 Lost 24 4 4 7 0 10 7 10 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
CLG agencies
Hemmel AHH FSC Morton FEU Morton PINS QEII CC
2001 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Lost 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Lost 2 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Lost 8 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Lost 4 0 0 0 40 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Lost 1 1 0 0 79 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Lost 0 0 0 0 67 0
Stolen 0 0 0 0 0 0

None of the passes for the HQ Buildings, the GOs or agencies have the name or address of the building, Department or organisation to which it refers, on them. The Department assesses all cases of lost or stolen passes to determine any increased vulnerability to security. Additional controls and procedures are introduced as necessary.

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