§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark), on 14 December.Official Report, column 762, what are the 20 most valuable items which have been (a) stolen and (b) lost from the armed services stores in the past five years; and what is their estimated (i) value and (ii) replacement cost. 
§ Mr. Soames
Figures for items lost or stolen valued at below £100,000 could not be provided without disproportionate cost since a central register is not held.
A central register of stores losses of over £100,000, however, is maintained. From this register there are two cases of items lost from armed services stores.(1) Stores lost in transit from stores depot to RN vessel.DescriptionA Thermal Imager was lost in transit. Extensive searches have failed to locate its whereabouts.Value: £118,000Replacement Cost: £118,000Date of Loss: July 1993(2) Stores lost in transit on return to stores depotDescriptionA consignment of 3 inch rockets being returned to a Royal Naval armament depot in Scotland after the Gulf conflict was lost in transit. Despite extensive investigation, the exact cause of the loss could not be determined.Value: £104,000Replacement Cost: £104,000Date of Loss: April 1991
Both losses are detailed in the 1995 appropriations account which was approved by the National Audit Office.