Government's lost laptop tally exceeds 1,000

03 Apr 2008 View Comments
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Department for Business has lost 96 laptops since 2001

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has lost 96 laptops since the beginning of 2001, the latest part of Whitehall to admit to its computer losses.

The figures take the government tally for lost laptops to more than 1,000.

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The Ministry of Defence has previously admitted to losing 347 laptops since 2004 – including one with the details of 600,000 people interested in joining the forces.

The Department of Health has lost 151 laptops since 2001-02, the Ministry of Justice and its predecessors have lost 136 since 2001, and HM Revenue and Customs, had 45 stolen in 2007.

The Department of Children, Schools and Families has had 84 laptops and four desktop computers reported lost since 2001/2.

The Department for International Development has had 37 stolen since 2001.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has lost 28 laptops since 2002/3, and five desktops.

The Department for the Environment Food and Rural affairs had 18 laptops lost or stolen in 2007.

The Treasury has had six laptops stolen in 2007.

The Northern Ireland Office has had five laptops stolen since 2001, including two last year.

The Home Office, the Foreign Office and the Department for Transport have yet to confirm their losses.

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