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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department has reported compliance with the Government’s security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. (245310)

Since 1 July 2008 all new contracts with contractors have included appropriate clauses to ensure that they are compliant with the Government’s security standards. We are also assessing contracts that were let prior to 1 July 2008 to address any security issues. An answer to the percentage question could be provided only at disproportionate costs.