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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government’s security standards. (245393)

HM Treasury and the Treasury Group maintain a range of secure information systems on the Government’s secure networks, and has always strived to ensure the that these systems are secure. Prior to June 2008, these were assured using a risk management approach in line with central Government guidance applicable at the time. Since the final report of the Cabinet Office’s “Data Handling Procedures in Government”, the Treasury has established a revised programme of assurance to ensure that all systems comply with the new accreditation standards going forward. In accordance with the recommendations of that review, progress will be reported in the Statement on Internal Control in the Treasury Group’s consolidated resource accounts for 2008-09 and future years.