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HM Revenue and Customs: Personal Data

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

19. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues and children’s organisations on the implications for child protection of the recent loss of personal data by HM Revenue and Customs. (169081)

The police continue to have no reason to believe that these data have been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity. The Government have discussed the broader implications of the incident with a range of organisations, and have considered appropriate steps to manage any risks resulting from the unlikely event that these data fall into the wrong hands.

22. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who will bear liability arising from any fraudulent use of the personal data relating to child benefit lost by HM Revenue and Customs. (169084)

The police continue to have no reason to believe that these data have found their way into the wrong hands and are not aware of any evidence that they have been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity.