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Government Departments: Security

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in respect of technical attacks through the internet on the computer systems of Government departments in each of the last three years. (307943)

I have been asked to reply.

Statistical data held by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database record the number of defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales on a persons basis.

These data do not include information on the circumstances of an offence and it is therefore not possible to separately identify offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 that have resulted from unauthorised access to computer systems of Government Departments.