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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; and what grade the person holds within the Department. (245355)

The Cabinet Office appointed a Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) on 3 November 2004. The Managing Director of the Cabinet Office at that time was the appointee. The Current CO SIRO is the Director General and Head of Cabinet Office Management.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister’s Office have been (i) investigated, (ii) suspended and (iii) dismissed for losing (A) memory sticks, (B) laptop computers, (C) desktop computers and (D) mobile telephones in each year since 1997. (248259)

Cabinet Office, which includes the Prime Minister’s Office, requires its employees to report any loss of Cabinet Office assets (memory sticks, laptop computers, desktop computers and mobile phones). Information prior to 2006 is not available.

five investigations have been conducted for the loss of such items;

to protect the confidentiality of individuals, exact numbers of suspensions or dismissals cannot be given, but fewer than five staff have been suspended or dismissed for loss of official property following such investigations.