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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information in each year since 1997. (242927)

Prior to 2006, the central Department and its agencies recorded no cases of employees being (a) investigated, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for (i) losing and (ii) deliberately disclosing (A) data stored on departmental equipment and (B) confidential information.

Since 2006 fewer than five cases have been recorded. Therefore our response needs to be suppressed on grounds of confidentiality.

The Vehicle Certification Agency and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency could provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.