Lost and Stolen (2015)

Request

Please can you send me a list of all items reported lost or stolen from the parliamentary estate over the past year (or the most recent 12 months you have information for).

For each item, please can you specify whether it belonged to an MP, staff member or visitor or if it belonged in the building. Can you give me the date the item was lost/stolen, the value of the item and whether it was recovered.

 

 

Response

The House of Commons holds some of this information.

Information about lost and stolen items reported in 2014 is published on our Parliamentary webpages. The published dataset provides details of the lost or stolen items, the date reported (where held - in some cases, other than being reported in 2014, the precise date is unknown), who reported the item lost or stolen, the value and whether it was recovered.  In some cases, not all this information is held by the House and in those cases the fields for the information have been marked as unknown. 

Information about parliamentary-supplied IT equipment reported as lost and stolen in 2014 is proactively published on our transparency pages on the parliamentary website. The published dataset provides details of the item and the date reported. A parliamentary IT price list can also be viewed for information about the value of items.  Please note the following details about this data:

  • Items may have been lost or stolen from anywhere on the parliamentary estate (House of Lords and House of Commons) or elsewhere.
  • Only the location from which items have been lost or stolen is recorded so property from the Commons may have been stolen from House of Lords areas, and vice versa.
  • Some of the items reported stolen may be personal property and do not belong to the Houses of Parliament.
  • It is the responsibility of the individual to report items lost or stolen and it is not possible to record how reliably this is done, especially for smaller or less valuable items.
  • Lost or stolen IT equipment may be reported to both the Police and Parliamentary Information Communications Technology Department (now known as the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS)). For this reason it is not possible to extrapolate a definitive list of lost or stolen items and the information supplied should be viewed in this context.
  • The pricing of parliamentary IT equipment varies throughout the year so it is not possible to definitively state the value of each item at the time of its loss. A pricelist has therefore been included and will be updated as new prices become available.
  • The pricing of parliamentary IT equipment is determined through a framework agreement with Parliament's IT supplier appointed following competitive tender.

Since January 2012, the Metropolitan Police, who are contracted to provide security on the parliamentary estate, regularly publish a summary of notifiable offences which includes reports of stolen items. Information about items reported as stolen on the parliamentary estate since January 2015 to August 2015 can be viewed on their website.

Information about lost property found on the parliamentary estate is now proactively published on our transparency pages of the parliamentary website.

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOI Act.  This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.