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National Security: Data Protection

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many certificates were issued under Section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and if she will make a statement. (252513)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: I can confirm the existence of one certificate signed by the Home Secretary, relating to Transport for London Traffic data signed in July 2007; and also of another signed in March 2008 relating to the Security Service. Copies of both these certificates have been placed in the Library in response to a parliamentary question from my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 2277W.

In line with the established policy of successive governments when asked about national security matters, I can neither confirm nor deny whether these certificates represent all certificates.