§ Mr. Ian McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the cost and number of items of equipment and furniture that(a) have been stolen and (b) are otherwise unaccounted for from his Department and its agencies during the past 12 months, listing by name any such items valued at £5,000 or more, and showing information technology material separately. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
During the 12 months from 1 February 1996 to 31 January 1997, 217 items of equipment and furniture have been stolen from this Department and its agencies with a total value of £200,013; this includes 174 items of IT equipment with a total value of £183,314, with one item being valued at £5,000 or more—a portable computer valued at £5,126. There is also one item of IT equipment valued at £300 that is unaccounted for.