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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection requirements and (ii) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (205898)

Information on numbers of staff disciplined or dismissed for (i) breaches of data protection requirements and (ii) inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data is not available in the format requested.

The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007.

Since April 2007 disciplinary action for breaches of data protection requirements, and inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data, has been recorded under a general heading of disclosure of information. To extract more detailed information from individual records under this category would be at disproportionate cost.

The number of staff recorded as disciplined for disclosure of information is given in the following table. There are currently no records held on the system for dismissals on grounds of disclosure of information.

Disciplinary category Disclosure of Information April 2007 to Mar 2008—by agency

Disciplined

Child Support Agency

1

The Pension Service

2

Jobcentre Plus

12

Disability and Carers Service

4

Corporate Centre

1