The Inland Revenue has lost more than 500 computers.
Following a parliamentary question by David Laws, Liberal Democrat shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Revenue has admitted that the PCs were lost or stolen.
The BBC reported that a spokesman for the Revenue said that it was hard keeping track of its 60,000 computers.
Since 1998, Revenue staff have 'lost' nine laptops, and had 166 stolen. In addition, 386 desktop PCs have been stolen.
The Revenue insisted that taxpayers' details were not compromised by the loss of the computers, as all tax records are kept on a central mainframe and are not allowed to find their way onto PC hard drives.
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