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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what categories of personal information on members of the public are contained on each database which contains such data managed by her Department and its agencies; when each category of information was first collected; and if she will make a statement; (284900)

(2) what databases managed by her Department and its agencies hold personal information on members of the public; on what date each such database became operational; and if she will make a statement.

The categories of personal data relating to members of the public contained on databases administered by the Department and its agencies are set out in the Department’s formal registration under the Data Protection Act, which is available for examination on the Information Commissioner’s public website. Details of when these categories of information were collected, the databases which hold personal information, and the dates on which each database became operational are not available centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.