The figures were unearthed by a parliamentary question and described as ‘disturbing’ by David Laws, the Liberal Democrat shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.
‘Apart from the fact that at average cost this would suggest the loss of half a million pounds, private personal and tax information could be in the hands of thieves,’ he said.
The revelations will add further pressure on underfire Revenue chairman, Sir Nicholas Montagu, who is facing the wrath of chancellor Gordon Brown over the sale of property to Bermuda-based company Mapeley.
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