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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 26th March 2008, Official Report, column 157W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data from previous years on data loss incidents in his Department's next annual report. (199264)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179 and the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data.

The interim report of 17 December 2007 committed to put in place a programme to examine and improve data handling procedures. An update on this commitment will be included in the final report, expected in spring 2008, and this report will detail the information to be included by Departments on data loss in their annual reports.