HC Deb 20 March 1998 vol 308 c757W
Mr. Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list those items valued at more than £25 stolen or lost from his Department since 1 May 1997; and if he will make a statement. [27783]

Dr. Howells

[holding answer 5 February 1998]: Details of items stolen or lost from this Department since 1 May 1997 which have been reported for recording in the losses register are as follows:

Items Circumstances Value (£)
Lap top computers (2) Lost/stolen in the post 2,531
Lap top Stolen from car of visiting officer 2,200
All thefts from Sanctuary Buildings
Palm top computer 400
Lap top computers (3) 3,900
Answering Machine 30
Portable Printer 300
Lap top computer 1,200
Notebook computer 1,200
Hayes Optima 80
Lap top computers 4,000
Flat bed scanner 680
Total 18,021

The level of reported thefts from Sanctuary Buildings has given cause for concern. As a result guidance has been issued by the Director of PSSD to all staff on increased vigilance in the safeguarding of assets. If the thefts continue, further security measures will be considered.