§ Mr. Donohoe
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mobile telephones used by Ministers in his Department have been cloned during(a) the last six months, (b) the last 12 months and (c) the last 18 months; and if he will indicate which Ministers within his Department have had their mobile telephones cloned. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
[holding answer 7 December 1995]: Between November 1994 and March 1995 the mobile telephones installed in the MOD official cars used by Ministers were cloned. Two hand-held mobile telephones, used by the personal staff of Minister (AF) and Minister (DP) were also cloned in this period. These mobile telephones were immediately changed to digital GSM models and no further incident of cloning has occurred.