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Data Storage

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which databases controlled by them they intend should be interoperable in the future. [HL1528]

The Home Office is committed to working together, both across the department and with other government agencies. In February 2007 the Home Office published the first department-wide information, systems and technology (IST) strategy, which outlines key IST objectives including a commitment to joining up and sharing and reusing IST capability.

Currently, the Home Office’s major immigration, passport and policing databases all have varying degrees of interoperability with other Home Office and wider government systems. In the future, the Home Office intends to work towards interoperability for any databases where there is a clear business requirement and the appropriate security measures and standards can be assured.