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Departmental IT

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of his Department’s databases are (a) wholly and (b) partly operated by external organisations or individuals; and which organisations and individuals own those databases. (97765)

This response refers to core-DEFRA only, which is covered by the provisions of the e-nabling DEFRA contract, a contract that saw DEFRA’s IT capability outsourced to IBM.

The data in the Department’s databases both belong to, and is operated by the Department. In the main the databases are hosted on IBM-owned hardware.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which databases operated by his Department are located (a) wholly and (b) partly outside the UK; and where each of those databases and parts of databases is located. (97766)

All of core-DEFRA’s databases are hosted within the UK with none of the data going offshore.