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Departments: Data Protection

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times her Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (139213)

The definition of found to have been in breach can be broad. Depending on their nature, breaches by Government Departments of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be dealt with by the Information Commissioner, the courts or by Departments at an informal local level. The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.