§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate is available to him of the extent of pilfering of National Health Service equipment or property each year.
§ Mrs. Currie
The annual accounts of health authorities incorporate a statement of losses which includes a category "for losses of equipment and property in stores and in use due to theft, fraud or arson, etc." A consolidated statement for England appears within the statutory summarised accounts of health authorities which are published annually as a House of Commons paper (for 1984–85—the latest year published as Paper No. 411 of 1985–86).
The summarised accounts of health authorities record equipment and property losses of £1,434,511 due to theft, fraud or arson, etc. in 1985–86.