Departmental Lost Property

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of John Mason John Mason Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the replacement of that property.

Photo of Dan Norris Dan Norris Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Items of DEFRA property lost or stolen are all recorded as 'losses'. The following table shows losses with an estimated value (at the time of loss) of over £50. Figures are for 2009-10 to date:

Description Number Estimated value (£)
BlackBerrys 6 1,238
Cameras 1 75
Laptops 33 12,750
Mobile telephones 3 220
Projectors 3 2,150
Monitors 7 654
Tom Tom Device 2 200
Desktop PC 4 1,050
Binoculars 2 200
Total 18,537

All IT equipment is the property of IBM which has provided outsourced IT services to DEFRA since October 2004. Therefore, under the service charge arrangements, IT items do not have a direct cost to the department if lost or stolen.

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Barry Price
Posted on 9 Apr 2010 4:54 pm (Report this annotation)

I assume that that majority of the above items were lost and not stolen, if that is the case then it would also appear that nothing is being done to identify the items being reported as lost.
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