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Children: Databases

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which private companies have been contracted to work on the (a) development and (b) implementation of the ContactPoint database in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. (268066)

Since 2005 the Department has contracted with Capgemini UK plc for the design, and subsequently for the build and test, and hosting and support of the ContactPoint database; and with Capita Learning and Development to deliver training and deployment services associated with the implementation of ContactPoint to users.

The Department has also contracted with PA Consulting and WS Atkins as prime contractors to provide client-side consultancy services to support the development and implementation of the ContactPoint project.

Furthermore, the Department has contracted with a number of other suppliers for specialist consultancy and other ancillary services to support the set up and operation of ContactPoint system and project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of the most recent penetration test of the ContactPoint database; and if he will make a statement. (268422)

It would be inappropriate and against the very stringent security measures we have established to make public the results of penetration tests of ContactPoint.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether practitioners will be able to access the ContactPoint database remotely; and if he will make a statement. (268455)

Practitioners will be able to access ContactPoint remotely (i.e. from locations other than local authority, health service or national partner organisations premises) only via secure remote access solutions authorised and provided by those organisations and compliant with the ContactPoint security policy. Technical security measures prevent access from unsecured wireless broadband or public locations such as internet cafes and wireless “hotspots”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to ensure that users of ContactPoint will not be able to save information from the database onto a portable storage device or laptop computer; and if he will make a statement. (268696)

ContactPoint has been purposely designed so that users are not able to download information from the database onto removable media such a portable storage device or a laptop computer.