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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information databases his Department (a) maintains and (b) uses which do not contain personal information. (284394)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (286494)

New databases containing personal data are set up by Communities and Local Government as and when policy development and implementation of policy dictate the operational need for them. It is not possible to plan or predict how many individuals’ details nor what categories of their personal information are likely to need to be held on new databases that are required for the business of the Department up to five years ahead. None the less, Communities and Local Government always takes steps to ensure that new databases are fully compliant with the provisions of the Data Protection Act.