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Departmental Security

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many breaches of security have been reported at (a) the Fire Service College, (b) Ordnance Survey, (c) the Planning Inspectorate and (d) the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the last five years; and what procedures each agency follows when a breach of security involves the disclosure of personal data. (276957)

In the last five years there have been eight breaches of security. These are:

Security breaches

Fire Service College


Ordnance Survey


Planning Inspectorate


QE2 conference centre


The Department and its agencies report all significant personal data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and the Information Commissioner’s Office. Information on personal data security breaches is published on an annual basis in the Department’s annual resources accounts as was announced in the data handling review published on 25 June 2008.

Additionally, all significant control weaknesses including other significant security breaches are included in the statement of internal control which is published within the annual resource accounts.