§ 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. 
§ 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.