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Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the CM (CIPMIS) computer; what is its function; who has access to it; and where it is located.

The CIPMIS system contains computerised basic personnel records of all non-industrial civil servants in the Ministry of Defence. It is used to help personnel management to make decisions on the posting and promotion of individual members of staff. Information in respect of individuals is available to the relevant personnel managers; aggregated information is available more generally within the Department. The system is located at the computer bureau at Devizes and is controlled by officials based in Bath.