Lost and Stolen (2017)

Request

All items listed as either lost, missing or stolen from the Palace of Westminster during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, broken down by year, item and location.

 

Response

 We have interpreted your request to cover equipment and property and our response is as follows:

Some information is held by the House of Commons.

The Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) records incidents of lost or stolen Information Technology (IT) equipment on behalf of both Houses of Parliament. These records are proactively published annually on the House of Commons Transparency pages of the parliamentary website.

Information about lost property found on the parliamentary estate is now proactively published on ourtransparency pages on the parliamentary website. You will find details for the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 currently on this page.

Information about lost property for 2014 is already published on the parliamentary website.

As this information 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.

In addition, the House of Commons also records incidents of lost or stolen parliamentary passes. Please find below the total number of passes which were reported as lost or stolen in 2014, 2015 and 2016:

2014 – 475
2015 – 469
2016 – 530

Any other stolen items are reported to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), who regularly publish a summary of notifiable offences which includes reports of stolen items on behalf of the Houses of Parliament. Information about thefts reported on the parliamentary estate can be viewed on the MPS 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.