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Departments: Databases

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what databases are controlled by the House authorities; and what percentage of the data in each database is estimated to be inaccurate or out of date. (124042)

The Parliamentary ICT service (PICT) supports around 146 live databases across both Houses of Parliament. This includes corporate applications (in areas such as finance, HR, procurement, catering and facilities management), procedural applications (covering the legislative, scrutiny and debate functions of Parliament) and knowledge applications (covering the research and public information functions).

The number given does not include locally-based databases, simple Access databases or test, back-up and development databases. Individual Departments and offices are responsible for data quality and they put appropriate measures in place to manage the quality of data and their being kept up to date.