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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data exchanges of sensitive personal data have taken place between his Department and local authorities in the last 12 months; and what datasets were collected. (176242)

The Department lawfully exchanges data with local authorities for a very wide range of purposes. Many of these exchanges are provided routinely on a day-to-day basis with local authority staff, and consequently details are not available, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.