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Departmental Lost Property

International Development written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitutional Reform), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what property has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost of replacement was.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development's (DFID) central records show the following items were reported as either lost or stolen, together with estimated replacement costs, in the year ended 31 March 2011:

Items Number of items Total estimated replacement cost (£)
Memory sticks 2 20
Laptops 14 3,780
Mobile phone 1 53
Vehicle 1 1,490

Of the items reported as lost or stolen one laptop was identified as being stolen from Palace Street and one vehicle was taken from an overseas office location. The remaining items were all identified as being lost or stolen out of office hours and away from DFID premises.

The Department has policies in place requiring all instances of lost or stolen items to be thoroughly investigated.

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