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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many notifications (a) his Department and (b) its agencies made to the Information Commissioner following the loss or mishandling of personal information or data in each of the last three years; and what was notified in each case. (222905)

The Department for Work and Pensions has published details of the personal data related incidents notified to the Information Commissioner's Office in 2007-08 in its resource accounts published on 13 August 2008.

Before November 2007 the Information Commissioner's Office did not specifically keep records of instances of security breaches.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 25 June 2008, providing the final report on measures for data handling procedures in government.