Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Theft

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 16 November 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what data their Department holds on the (a) number and (b) total cost of replacing (i) laptops, (ii) mobile phones, (iii) memory sticks and (iv) external hard drives that have been (A) lost and (B) stolen in the last year.

Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

Between 7th February 2023, when the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) was formed, to 10th November 2023, our records show the following devices were reported lost or stolen.

(A) Lost

(B) Stolen

Replacement Cost

(i) Laptop

2

5

£6,125 (£875 unit)

(ii) Mobile Phone

26

3

£10,295 (£355 unit)

DSIT has a policy for the controlled use of memory sticks and external hard drives. These are only permitted with a valid and approved business case and using authorised, hardware encrypted devices. Once approved, individual Directorates are responsible for controlling the memory sticks and external hard drives, therefore no figures on loss are held centrally. All end-user devices are encrypted and can be remotely locked.

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