Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Theft

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 17 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 Energy Security and Net Zero, 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 Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

Between 7th February 2023, when the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) was formed, to 10th November 2023, records show the following devices were reported lost or stolen.

(A) Lost

(B) Stolen

Replacement Cost

(i) Laptop

14

8

£19,250 (£875 unit)

(ii) Mobile Phone

76

6

£29,110 (£355 unit)

DESNZ 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.

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