§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many security passes have been reported(a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in his Department in the last 12 months. 
§ Yvette Cooper
Two security passes have been reported stolen by stall in the HQ buildings of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister during the period January 2003 to January 2004. A further 165 replacement security passes have been issued in the same period. It is not possible to say how many of the passes were lost other than by theft. Security passes may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons including loss, theft, damage or change of name, and the Office does not record the reasons for the replacement of a security pass. Figures for GOs North East and London are not available but a further 153 passes have been replaced in the remainder GO network. Although ODPM has overall responsibility for these, the Government Offices carry out functions on behalf often Departments.
Procedures are in place to ensure that electronic passes are de-activated as soon as their loss is reported. In addition pass designs do not identify the building or organisation.