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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information databases his Department (a) maintains and (b) uses which do not contain personal information. (284391)

In line with the Hannigan recommendations, the Home Office holds a register of information assets. Any Home Office information asset register/database which contains personal data adheres to the Data Protection Act.

The information requested would require contacting each information asset owner and asking them to provide any relevant information as appropriate. To identify accurately all Home Office information databases and their uses which do not contain personal information would take significant resource time to undertake and complete. This information can therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what categories of personal information on members of the public are contained on each database which contains such data managed by his Department and its agencies; when each category of information was first collected; and if he will make a statement; (284897)

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

(3) which of the planned databases that will be managed by his Department or one of its agencies and which will hold personal information on members of the public are expected to become operational in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what categories of personal information on members of the public will be held on each of his Department's and its agency's databases expected to become operational in the next five years; 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.

In line with the Hannigan recommendations, the Home Office holds a register of information assets. Any Home Office information asset register/database which contains personal data adheres to the Data Protection Act.

The information requested would require contacting each information asset owner and asking them to provide any relevant information as appropriate. To identify accurately all Home Office databases and categories of personal information would take significant resource time to undertake and complete. The information requested can therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.