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Leak Inquiries

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department and its predecessor Department conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subject of each leak inquiry was; and who authorised each inquiry. (106485)

Since May 1997 the Department for Work and Pensions, and one of its predecessors, the Department of Social Security, has conducted 26 leak inquiries. Information in respect of its other predecessor, the Department for Education and Employment, is not available. This figure does not include any inquiries instigated by other Government Departments to which this Department has contributed.

It has been the practice of successive Governments not to comment on the subject or outcome of leak inquiries as there is a continued necessity to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.