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Computers: Theft

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, columns 556-57W, on departmental computers, whether any of the computers and laptops stolen contained information (a) which could have compromised the safety of individuals or the general public and (b) about the names, addresses and other personal data relating to individuals; and if he will make a statement. (125460)

Of the 55 laptops lost or stolen from Northern Ireland Departments in the nine-year period ending in February 2007, it is possible that one owned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety may have contained documents which included names and addresses relating to dental referral cases.

None of the laptops in question contained information which could have compromised the safety of individuals or the general public.