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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many breaches of data protection security there were in his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will provide details of each breach; (168831)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many confirmed data security breaches there have been in his Department in the last 36 months; and what action was taken after each occurrence. (169894)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he proposes to review how his Department transports data; and whether his Department uses TNT to transport data; (169367)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when each electronic database held by his Department containing personal information on members of the general public was first created; (169279)

(2) how many staff in his Department have access to electronic databases which contain personal information on members of the general public, broken down by grade;

(3) how many security breaches regarding access to personal data occurred within his Department in each year since 1997.

I refer the hon. Members to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments’ procedures will be made on completion of the review.