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Departments: Databases

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how often databases within his Department are updated with records of the deaths of individuals; and if he will make a statement. (133003)

The Department for Work and Pensions updated its databases with dates of death approximately 575,000 times in 2006. We have processes in place where we receive death notifications from Registrars on a weekly basis in order to update records. However, many notifications are received from the next of kin in advance of the notification from the Registrars.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has received from data suppression industry experts regarding data suppression technologies; and if he will make a statement. (133004)

The Department's IT group has had no direct engagement with the data suppression industry regarding data suppression technologies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on database suppression technology in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006; and if he will make a statement. (133005)