Cabinet Office delays answers on lost IT

Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, is struggling to get the details of lost IT equipment from the Cabinet Office.

Although he says he has received “interesting replies” from every other department, he is still waiting to hear how many computers, mobiles, Blackberrys or other piece of IT equipment were lost or stolen from 2010 through to 2012 at the Cabinet.

“I chased an answer on 16 January, expecting one on 21 January,” Thomas said. “I raised the matter at business questions on 7 February, and the Leader of the House kindly endeavoured to get me an answer, and I raised the continuing lack of an answer again on 26 March”.

The cause for the delay is not known. Missing equipment would be an embarrassment for a cabinet striving to be seen as technologically progressive.

Speaker of the House John Bercow answered that he hoped it was not necessary for Thomas to take further steps, and suggested getting in touch with the Leader of the House, and that his remarks will be “transmitted to the relevant Minister without delay”.