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Government Departments: Data Protection

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) (i) procedures and (ii) guidance his Department has provided and (b) recommendations his Department has made across Government on the secure disposal of electronic and hard copy media by Government departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement. (190730)

The Manual of Protective Security (MPS) sets out the policies that Departments should apply across all areas of security including the secure disposal of data.

On 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179, the Prime Minister announced that he had asked the Cabinet Secretary, with the advice of security experts, to work with Departments to ensure that all Departments and all agencies check their procedures for the storage and use of data. The publication of an interim report was announced on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. A final report is expected in spring 2008 which will outline steps taken during the course of the work.