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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 1253W, on departmental data protection, what criteria are applied to decide whether it is in the public interest to comment on breaches of security. (195918)

Except in exceptional cases, when it is in the public interest, it has been the policy of successive Governments not to comment on breaches of security or the criteria used to decide such matters.