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Written Answers

Monday 24th April 1995

UK Defence Spending

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will reduce the United Kingdom's military spending to the average of other West European countries.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): UK defence spending reflects our national commitments and interests. There is no good reason to align it deliberately with spending levels in other countries.

Environment Agency

Lord Brougham and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to issue a draft of the guidance to be provided to the Environment Agency on its objectives, including the contribution it is to make towards the achievement of sustainable development.

The Earl of Lindsay: Together with my right honourable friends the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State for Wales, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment issued this draft guidance to inform debate on the Environment Bill on 21 April. It expands on the draft outline scoping guidance issued by my noble friend Lord Ullswater on 17 January 1995.

Mrs. M. Curtin: Circumstances of Death

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What form of inquiry they propose to institute into the circumstances of the death of Mrs. M. Curtin, a patient in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow and whether a copy of the report of any such inquiry will be placed in the Library of the House.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): An investigation was undertaken by the Northwick Park and St. Mark's National Health Service Trust in response to a complaint relating to the circumstances of Mrs. Curtin's tragic death. A copy of the report was sent to Mr. Curtin on 11 April but has not been published. In view of the media comment on the case, however, the NHS trust issued a press statement, copies of which are available in the Library.

The trust has accepted that Mrs. Curtin suffered discomfort as a result of delay and has apologised to Mr. Curtin for this and other shortcomings. There is no evidence that the delay contributed to Mrs. Curtin's death. The trust has acted without delay to improve the way patients are treated in the accident and emergency

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department and is reviewing its nursing requirements. Changes announced to neighbouring hospitals mean that staffing and management plans remain under constant review.

Government Departments: Stolen Equipment

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish in the Official Report a list of the equipment stolen from each government department during the last two years for which information is available; and what was the approximate value of such equipment.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Earl Howe): Information about the type and approximate value of equipment stolen in the years concerned is as follows:

£
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1992–93
Agricultural equipment 2,040
Depot equipment 7,144
General equipment (under £1,000) 2,205
Office equipment 45,025
Photographic equipment 8,003
Vehicles and accessories 15,755
Laboratory equipment 6,306
86,478
1993–94
Agricultural equipment 2,365
Depot equipment 2,281
General equipment (under £1,000) 134
Office equipment 3,108
Photographic equipment 450
Vehicles and accessories 9,482
17,820
Cabinet Office
1993–94
3 Hewlett Packard Laserjet Series III printers 3,000
Dell Optipoex 425 personal computer 1,000
4,000
1994–95
2 Toshiba portable computers 2,000
Hand-held dictating machine 90
2 portable 9" electric fans 50
Telephone-answering machine 95
Telephone 65
Rented portable telephone and charger 225
2,525
Central Statistical Office
1993–94
Laser printer 3,500
Telephone 60
Fan 30
3,590
1994–95
6 Mice 300
300
HM Customs and Excise
1992–93
22 Personal computers and software
5 Printers
16 Keyboards
3 Facsimile machines
2 Mobile telephones
Tape streamer
2 PC mice
Monitor
Camera lens, case
8 Radio handsets
60,200
1993–94
13 Personal computers
9 Portable computers
7 Printers
15 Miscellaneous (e.g., keyboards, software, pointer devices, memory chips)
2 FM 1100 Radio headsets and microphones
2 Radio handsets
Transmitter
Dictaphone
Generator
Mobile telephone
48,600
1994–95
2 Radios
Portable data programmer
105 Personal computers
24 Portable computers
13 Printers
2 Keyboards
Modem
Memory chip
Facsimile machine
Cable
Tape drive
2 PC mice
188,700

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The details shown for 1994–95 relate to IT equipment; information about other equipment is not yet available. Ministry of Defence

The information requested is not held centrally in the Ministry of Defence and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

£
Department of Education
1993–94
Compaq Contura portable PC 2,000
Toshiba T3300SL portable PC 2,000
4,000
1994–95
Agiphon payphone 200
3HP Laserjet printers 4,500
11 RM Nimbus 486 PC Processors 6,000
RM Nimbus 386 PC 1,000
RM Nimbus 486 PC 1,000
4 Toshiba portable PCs 8,000
20,700

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In addition, a RM Nimbus 386 PC (approximate replacement value £1,000) belonging to the Department for Education was stolen in December 1993 whilst on load to a local education authority.

£
Department of Employment
1993–94
Headquarters:
Mobile telephone and charger 100
Portable printer 250
Mouse 50
400
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service:
Computer equipment 11,700
Telephone call sequencer 1,900
Other telecommunications equipment 800
14,400
Health and Safety Executive:
3 Personal computers 8,770
Professional camcorder system 17,036
5 Video/camcorders 3,710
9 Scientific instruments 6,277
50 Cameras 3,709
25 Dictating machines 1,545
2 Microwaves 438
Answerphone 80
Mobile telephones 300
41,865
Employment Service:
10 Computer items 14,983
5 Video items 1,062
2 Facsimile machines 769
2 Microwaves 194
6 Mobile telephones 660
Ash tray 7
Photocopier 975
2 Cameras 113
Other electrical equipment 250
19,013
1994–95
Headquarters:
2 Personal computers 1,020
Portable computer 1,854
2,874
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service:
Computer equipment 24,000
Portable computer 2,200
26,200
Health and Safety Executive:
5 Personal computers and printers 20,054
8 Cameras and associated equipment 920
Security surveillance system 1,000
Video recorder 577
Microwaves 160
Steam cleaner 1,322
24,033
Employment Service:
Computer equipment 24,491
3 Printers 1,559
9 Mobile telephones 1,363
Answerphone 47
Office furniture 2,377
Video camera 750
Facsimile machine 450
31,037
Department of the Environment
1993–94
IT equipment—computers 44,927
peripherals 2,315
Technical equipment 4,356
General office equipment 6,652
Car 2,850
61,100
1994–95
IT equipment—computers 34,657
peripherals 379
components 57,754
Technical equipment 1,821
General office equipment 22,156
Furniture and fittings 21,846
138,613
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1993–94
Toshiba laptop computer 3,500
1994–95
2 Antique tables 1,000
Viglen Dossier laptop computer 1,400
2 AppleMac computers and printers 2,697
9 Computers, 1 printer and miscellaneous hardware/software 23,835
4 AppleMac computers 5,180
5 Standard telephones 100
Superset telephone 322
38,034
Department of Health
1993–94
28 Computers and software 56,522
2 Keyboards 200
3 Mice 196
8 Printers 12,433
CD ROM player 400
Software 6,946
Mobile telephone 99
Answerphone 40
76,836
1994–95
40 Computers and software 114,413
4 Keyboards 254
3 Mice 144
7 Printers 12,033
Software 80
24 Mobile telephones 2,980
3 Answerphones 135
3 Pagers 525
2 Facsimile machines 1,034
2 Dictation systems 453
Anti-glare screen 40
Video cassette recorder 250
Labeller 200
15 Memory Simms and components 9,750
3 Fileservers 50,000
192,291
Home Office
1993–94
3 strimmers 740
Computer equipment 8,600
Garden tools 2,400
Garden equipment 896
Trailer 2,470
Power washer 525
15,631
1994–95
2 Portable computers 2,000
Various tools 747
2 laptop computers 3,000
Answering machine 80
Tractor battery 100
IT equipment/camera 130
Computer terminal/keyboard 850
6,907
Inland Revenue
1993
Bull Terminal
3 Bull keyboards
5 ICL keyboards
Facsimile machine 2,000
Microsoft mouse 45
Norton Utilities
Norton disk explorer
Manual 70
Compaq 386 LTE s/20
MS DOS
Smart 3.1 2,000
3 Deskpro 3865/20 Model 60
Deskpro 3865/20 Model 40
CD ROM and Modem
Prolinea 3/255
4 Mice 10,000
Nokia terminal 900
Compaq laptop LTE 1,800
ICL DRS 55/20 PC
Infotec facsimile machine
2 Panasonic answerphones
Portable PC 6,000
Cannon printer 200
MS DOS
MS Windows
Word for Windows 550
Compaq 386
MS DOS
Smartware 2
Norton Utilities 2,000
Biofolio computer art 150
ICL DRS Controller 2,000
HP Laserjet III
HP Laserjet IV 3,562
Zenith Bull
Compaq 386
2 Mice 3,500
3 Compaq deskpro
Mouse 4,500
Cannon photocopier
Compaq 386
Epson printer 3,500
6 ICL Tech. 486SX 6,250
Compaq 386 1,500
Wordstar redundant
ICL CS 386 1,200
Floppy disks 120
3 ICL processors 3,400
Amstrad portable 900
Psion organiser 320
ICL DRS 55/20
7 ICL 486 processors
Infotec facsimile machine (damaged) 8,000
6 ICL 4865/25 processors
6 ICL CS386 processors 12,000
12 ICL CS386 processors 12,000
HP Laserjet IV 1,500
HP Laserjet III
Compaq Prolinea 4/50 2,650
3 Compaq 486 Lite laptops 7,500
Box of floppy disks 120
Development tapes 50
100,287
1994
Mouse 50
ICL CS386 and mouse 1,200
Zenith SX/20 386s 1,200
Computer tapes 100
Compaq 4/33 and mouse 2,400
Compaq LTE 386/20 2,200
Dell CD ROM unit on hire
2 386 Compaq deskpros 2,100
4 Compaq LTE Lite 6,000
Compaq/printer 2,000
Compaq disk drive 150
Colour 486 notebook nil
19 printers, 9 PCs, colour television, video recorder, 4 colour monitors, facsimile machine, answerphone, 2 dictaphones, set of manuals and software disks, cash (£146) 47,032
2 Iron servers 25,300
2 Canon LBP8 IV 2,000
2 Compaq PCs 2,500
Psion organiser 120
Bull Server, CD ROM 14,500
Compaq Prolinea 4/33 1,100
Mouse ball 90
Coreldraw software nil
HP Laserjet printer 1,350
HP Palmtop, Toshiba laptop 2,000
Compaq Contura 4/25C 1,900
Compaq Deskpro XE450 2,000
Laserjet IIID, 2 Laserjet IV, 2 Zenith Z320 SX, Compax Prolinea 4/25S 8,500
Toshiba Notebook and Modem 3,000
Laserjet printer 1,200
Brother facsimile machine, Compaq PC, Laserjet printer, CD ROM server 5,200
2 Laserjet IV, Compaq Deskpro 4/33S 3,600
Compaq Deskpro 386/25E, 2 Laser printers 3,600
IRON server disk, CD ROM server 2,500
7 Compaq 486, Compaq keyboard, 4 Laserjet IV printers, Facsimile machine modem 10,376
2 HP Laserjet IV, 2 Compaq Prolinea 4/253 4,000
Bull base unit, keyboard and mouse 800
170 2mb Simm strips, parts removed from 3 CD ROM drives 15,000
47 Simm strips removed from IRON kit 6,600
2 HP Laserjet printers, 3 Zenith PC base units 5,000
Compaq mouse 50
Cannon LBP8 printer, Pricanozz UPC187 printer, Grundig Stenorette audio machine 3,000
AST Bravo PC nil
HP Laserjet IV 950
4–megabyte memory module from a HPXL300 paintjet printer 150
2 CD ROM processors, 6 PCs, 3 printers, 2 facsimile machines, photocopier 11,366
Bull computer terminal, facsimile machine 1,300
IRON server, including console, Tape drive, Bull keyboard, CD ROM unit, including server, Console, Tape drive 14,525
Simm memory strips removed from 3 DPX20 servers and 4 CD ROM servers, all damaged in the process 46,000
CD ROM monitor and tower Simm strips removed from 5 DPX20 servers and 4 CD ROM servers 71,890
335,899
Law Officers' Department
1993–94
Crown Prosecution Service:
Computer monitor 200
PC system box 600
6 Dictaphones 600
4 Printers
4 Personal computers
Facsimile machine 9,000
4 PC system boxes 2,400
PC disks and videos
3 Dictaphones
Transcriber 643
13,443
Serious Fraud Office:
3 Solar power calculators 12
12
Treasury Solicitor's Department:
Small calculators 52
52
1994–95
Crown Prosecution Service:
Facsimile machine 1,500
Coffee percolator
Toaster 35
Facsimile machine
Television and video 2,000
2 Briefcases 60
4 Personal computers
2 Printers
Television
2 Videos
Toaster
Dictaphone 7,024
Television and video 600
2 Surveillance cameras 2,477
2 Personal computer base units 1,500
15,196
Serious Fraud Office:
Large display calculator 6
6
Treasury Solicitor's Department:
Mobile telephone 250
Dictating machine 65
Printer 581
896
Lord Advocate's Department
No equipment stolen in the last two years
Lord Chancellor's Department
1993–94
Computer equipment 35,135
Electrical equipment 2,806
Telephones 518
Other 46
38,505
1994–95
Computer equipment 80,594
Electrical equipment 3,196
Telephones 903
Other 1,293
85,986
Department of National Heritage
1993–94
Laptop personal computer 2,500
2,500
1994–95
No equipment stolen
Department for National Savings
1993
No equipment stolen
1994
Video recorder 400
Door-bell 25
2 Amstrad televideos and remote controls 400
Samsung video recorder 200
Grundig television 350
Phillips pocket memo and tapes 150
1,525
Northern Ireland Departments, agencies and the Northern Ireland Office
1992–93
Chainsaws 2,406
Computer hardware 1,956
Firefighting equipment 869
Computer, printer, camera, hammer and transformer 575
Pump, wheels and tyre 540
Equipment 475
Equipment from employee's car 344
Clearing saw 336
Brush cutter 336
Vehicle and batteries 291
Chainsaw 502
Equipment and materials 277
Power washer 225
Theft from boat 178
Equipment from car 175
Materials 111
Tools 106
Overhead projector 580
Twin-axle trailer 1,110
Plant fitters' tools 699
Public payphone 513
Maestro van 1,726
Hazard warning lights 649
2 Video players 311
Remote control television 170
2 Mackintosh computers 3,000
Cannon 35mm camera 200
Vacuum cleaner 300
Telephone switchboard 2,000
Computer desk 500
Welding plant 800
Machine tools and vice 500
HP Vectra computer 6,000
Various items used for training purposes (drills, trowels, tools) 4,348
Educational literature 151
Sundry items from prison stores 44,693
Office equipment 2,247
80,199
1993–94
Waterproof jackets and trousers 1,160
Pullovers 116
Carpet 450
Shuttering panels 1,255
Items from Greenmount Farm Workshop 1,496
Telephone 552
Christmas trees 500
Items from Springwell Forest Store 496
Timber 430
Camera, zoom lens and flashgun 310
Chainsaw 259
Workshop items 177
Lifebuoys, rope and fencing 165
Tools 153
Security mirror 141
Flashing beacons 134
Tools from tractor 118
Breathing apparatus cylinder 113
2 Dictaphones 120
Hitachi radio/cassette 65
Thermal binder 525
Prism set 537
Water pump 750
Cash register 1,000
Trailer 1,088
Power Pac compressor 2,250
Maestro van 5,600
Various tools 6,527
Mobile telephone 250
Carpet 450
27,187
1994–95 (provisional)
Portable telephone 325
Television 208
Video player 140
Cash register 600
Hilta Sprite 980
Pressure cleaner 1,238
Outboard motor 1,701
2 Trailers 2,176
Portable computer 3,037
Laser printer 1,200
Machine tools 3,101
Computer equipment 9,656
Scaffolding equipment 188
Video recorder 250
Mobile telephone 140
24,940
Paymaster General's Office
1993–94
No equipment stolen
1994–95
Telephone answering machine 50
50
Privy Council Office
No equipment stolen in the last two years
Scottish Office
1993–94
Computer equipment 8,000
Video equipment 800
Communication equipment 2,200
11,000
1994–95
Computer equipment 4,000
Video equipment 1,200
Communication equipment 1,200
6,400

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Department of Social Security

The Department does not separately maintain centralised records of individual items which have been stolen. Losses due to theft, fraud, arson or sabotage are recorded in a single category. The number of individual losses recorded within this category, and the total value for each of the last two years for which information is available are as follows:

£
1992–93 94 individual cases Total value 84,500
1993–94 192 individual cases Total value 222,382

£
Department of Trade and Industry
1993–94
BT Cellphone 450
Computer 1,500
IFR 1200 2,216
Laptop computer 900
Mobile telephone 353
Dictaphone/Signaller 75
Personal computer Facsimile machine
Ansaphone 2,250
Car 375
Television/Video 397
Carbon photocopier 805
Alarm System Control Panel 480
Filofax 30
22 Processors
Monitor 42,000
Lowe 1300 Frequency Counter 75
Motorola Transceiver MT 700 361
Dictaphone recorder 53
Laptop computer AST Premium 1,875
Sledgehammer 9
RS Inter Series Adaptor Kit 26
Promax Unit Serial No 395 430
Vacuum cleaner 121
Bicycle 88
Facility telephone and answer machine 173
Answerphone 60
Dictaphone answer machine 41
6 Panasonic answer machines 360
Computer software and printer 600
3 Answer machines 180
Dictaphone 40
Panasonic easaphone 60
2 Ansaphones 120
Answer machine 60
Busicom 225 PDS calculator and lead 38
Dictating machine 150
Television/Video recorder 374
Video recorder 299
Decimo dictaphone 188
BT Ivory mobile telephone 338
Mobile telephone 250
Portable personal computer 1,000
Mouse for personal computer 25
PC System Box, keyboard and mouse 1,000
Memory chips and hard disk removed from personal computer 300
BJ200 Bubblejet printer 250
PC Monitor 200
PC Monitor, keyboard and printer 600
Daughterboard removed from PC 500
Memory and processor boards removed from PC 500
Portable personal computer 2,000
Portable PC, printer and manuals 2,000
Laser printer 1,500
68,075
1994–95
Telephone answering machine 72
7 Cellphones 2,101
Protective clothing 75
Vehicle and official items 5,250
Radio cassette player 150
IT equipment 1,963
Telephone answering machine 72
ICOM ICU16 Transceiver 375
Laptop PC 1,523
Portable dictating machine 75
Petty Cash box 23
Toshiba personal computer 1,425
Portable telephone 250
3 Dictaphones 279
2 Mercury mobile telephones 554
12 Portable personal computers 17,300
2 Mobile telephones 400
2 Desktop personal computers 3,000
Personal organiser 200
Desktop PC with software 1,430
Mains cable PC to monitor 17
2 PC Monitors 400
Mains cable PC to mains socket 10
Software diskette 50
Keyboard 50
PCMCIA modem card 400
Processor and memory chips removed from personal computer 500
Cannon laserfax 4,000
2 Desktop PCs and 2 laser printers 3,500
Memory chips removed from PCs and 3 Desktop PCs 26,000
Memory chips removed from PC 128
CD-ROM drive 500
2 PC system boxes 400
72,472
Department of Transport
1993–94
7 Desktop computers 12,045
4 Laptop computers 4,700
7 facsimile machines 4,637
6 printers 2,740
3 Calculators 106
Dictaphone 77
Diskettes 10
2 VDUs and keyboards 1,400
Tools 81
Tape recorder 80
2 Mobile telephones 250
Vehicle parts 500
2 Kettles 40
Motorcycle 2,884
6 Two-way radios 11,400
2 refrigerators 240
Word processor 1,487
3 Emission analysers 2,250
Safe 500
2 Cameras 7,300
Video recorder 300
Television 200
5 Hot washers 5,000
20 Beacons 2,000
Telephone answering machine 500
Pair Wellington boots 12
Fluorescent jacket 40
6 First aid kits 73
Waterproof jacket 60
2 Pairs protective boots 56
Fuel tank 90
Safety belt 13
Fuel line 33
17 Radios 4,930
7 Pagers 830
Loud hailer 65
4 Rescue suits 300
Generator 358
2 pairs overalls 60
2 Lifejackets 117
2 Cliff cloggers 60
Stretcher 30
5 Lamps 35
Battery charger 30
Rescue buoy 12
Pair binoculars 53
Aerial 30
68,014
1994–95
97 Computers 214,500
7 Printers 5,000
Air monitoring equipment 30,000
Chair 180
2 Jackets 87
Pair overalls 10
Vehicle light bar 500
24 Portable radios 5,706
3 Searchlights 67
3 Battery packs 229
2 Generators 594
Pair binoculars 50
9 Telephones 720
Dictaphone 100
7 Facsimile machines 2,500
5 Answering machines 250
Microwave 200
Kettle 10
Fish tank 100
Car 2,634
Camera equipment 670
Television 375
Video recorder 325
3 Calculators 100
Sky card reader 75
264,982
HM Treasury
1993–94
Video recorder 400
12 Answer machines 924
2 Laptop Personal Computers 2,800
2 Scientific calculators 23
Office fan 33
Dictation machine 120
Standard telephone 20
Office-wall painting 50
4,370
1994–95
2 Answer machines 154
2 Laptop personal computers and a printer 4,200
Office fan 33
Dictation machine 120
Standard telephone 20
Mobile telephone 350
Computer modem machine 224
Wall clock 30
5,131
Welsh Office
1993–94
Support props at Castell Coch 46
Tourist guidebooks 200
Part of antique fire irons set 100
Pair of mahogany table lamps 200
Ornamental bronze frog 130
Ornamental bronze crocodile 764
IBM 4029 laser printer and disks 1,184
Exhibition greenhouse frame 680
3,304
1994–95
Mobile telephone 375
Trunkroad drainage gullies 1,338
Flag from Criccieth Castle 62
Flagstones from Tintern Abbey 210
Scaffolding from Caerphilly Castle 1,181
Protective jacket 20
Telephone 45
3,231

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