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Departmental Databases

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information databases her Department (a) maintain and (b) uses which do not contain personal information. (284383)

The Department maintains a variety of large and small databases in order to process benefits, run the Department and deliver the range of services for which the Department is responsible. Those that contain personal information include: operational systems such as our Customer Information System; databases for research purposes; databases that contain staff-related resource management information and others that relate to the administration of specific benefits. Where personal information is stored and processed on such databases these comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.