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Departments: Databases

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates are inaccurate or out of date. (124030)

Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be compiled only at a disproportionate cost. The Department has approximately 300 databases ranging in size from the most sophisticated (SAP and Oracle) to the simplest (MS Access). The Department is currently in the process of rationalising these databases and it is therefore likely that many will be retired within the next 12-18 months.