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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what categories of personal information about members of the public are contained on each relevant database managed by his Department and its agencies; on what date each category of information began to be collected; and if he will make a statement. (285979)

The Department for International Development (DFID) manages the following databases that contain personal information on members of the public:

Financial and Projects systems (ARIES, MIS and Coda) are used for administration of projects and accounts. These databases contain DFID suppliers and customers' contact and bank details (name, address, company registration number, VAT number, bank details and payment terms). Information on these categories has been collected since February 1998.

The overseas pensions system supports administration and payment of pensions to former colonial servants. This database contains personal, bank and payment data (name, address, telephone number, bank details, next of kin) on former colonial servants, and was collected from February 1998.

Correspondence systems enable tracking of parliamentary and public correspondence. These systems contain names and contact details (address, telephone, telephone number, email address) of correspondents. The information has been collected since December 1999.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what categories of personal information on members of the public will be held on each database expected to become operational in the next five years and which will be managed by his Department or one of its agencies; what estimate he has made of the likely number of individuals' details each such database will hold when fully operational; and if he will make a statement. (286152)

The Department for International Development has no current plans to build databases containing personal information on members of the public.