§ Mr. Lammy
The Department does not retain detailed, historical records of laptop ownership and is therefore not able to provide the information requested. Information is only available for the current financial year, 2002–2003.
Ministers have one laptop each. Special advisers have one laptop each and there are approximately 2000 laptops in use by officials of the Department; a number of which are shared or 'pooled' laptops, used by a number of staff.31W
The Department takes the protection of its assets very seriously and its security policy and procedures are under constant review to find ways to reduce losses.
Figures for the numbers and cost of laptop computers lost or stolen belonging to the Department or its Executive Agencies covering financial years' 1995–96 to 2002–2003 are shown in the table.
Financial year Lost/stolen Cost (£) 1995–96 12 27,035,90 1996–97 18 29,277,45 1997–98 23 43,098,68 1998–99 19 40,068,70 1999–2000 18 36,260.35 2000–01 23 46,917.62 2001–02 35 62,275.69 2002 to date 26 40,997.26 Total 174 325,931.65