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British secret agents and government officials have been told to take better care of their laptops.

British secret agents and government officials have been told to take better care of their laptops.

The Mother of Parliaments has heard that more than 35 laptop computers have been lost or stolen from ministers and officials in the past three years.

Worst hit, the Department of Trade and Industry, reported nine stolen laptops and another missing, heightening fears about the storage of sensitive information on vulnerable computers.

A senior naval officer for the Ministry of Defence recently had his laptop stolen containing details about a fighter plane. It was later recovered by a national newspaper and handed back.

One MI6 officer left a PC in a taxi after drinking in a tapas bar.

And an MI5 official had his laptop stolen after putting it down at a train station while buying a ticket.

Tory MP Keith Simpson, who tabled parliamentary questions on the issue, is concerned about the findings.

"One would like to assume that government departments brief civil servants, officials and ministers about looking after things, but obviously its not working," he says.

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