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Departmental Lost Property

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of lost and stolen (a) electronic data and (b) paper documents have been recorded by his Department’s overseas posts in each of the last three years. (288498)

It is not in the interests of the UK’s national security for Departments to confirm information on the number of instances of loss—unauthorised or otherwise—of data overseas. Such disclosure could undermine the integrity and security of departmental systems and thereby expose them to potential threats.