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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many breaches of information security there have been at (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in the last five years. (281067)

In the five years to 31 March 2009, there have been four breaches of information security at Communities and Local Government.

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 are published on annual basis in the Department’s annual resource 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 that is published within the annual resource accounts.

This answer does not include the Government Office for the English Regions, which carries out work for 10 Government Departments.