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ICT: Theft

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair, Labour Party

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many (a) computers and (b) mobile telephones have been reported stolen from the parliamentary estate in the last 12 months.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The number of computers and mobile telephones that have been reported stolen from the Commons part of the parliamentary estate in the last 12 months (October 2010 to October 2011) are as follows:

Phones Computers
October 0 0
November 1 0
December 1 0
January 0 4
February 0 1
March 0 1
April 0 6
May 3 10
June 0 1
July 1 1
August 0 0
September 0 1
October 0 0
Total 6 25

The House authorities and the Metropolitan police have jointly implemented a crime prevention plan, including strong advice to lock up valuable items and to lock office doors at the end of the working day. Nightly security patrols in both Houses report exceptions, which are followed up by the Serjeant at Arms. During these patrols any offices found insecure are now locked.

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