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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any datasets held by her Department and its agencies have been processed by contractors operating outside the European economic area in the last three years. (254859)

The Department's agencies (the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, the Fire Service College and the Planning Inspectorate) do not have datasets that have been processed by contractors operating outside the European economic area. The Department does hold information on personal data falling into that category for 2008 and has one dataset backed-up in the USA. Information on non-personal datasets or for the years 2006 and 2007 is not held centrally and cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.