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Parliamentary ICT

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

Questions

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To ask the Chairman of Committees who is responsible for authorising the police to have access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service. [HL315]

In this House, PICT would discuss any such request from the police with Black Rod, who would in turn consult the appropriate authorities. For requests concerning staff of the House of Lords, PICT would consult Black Rod.

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To ask the Chairman of Committees on what occasions in the past five years the police have been given access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service (or its predecessors); and in each case what was the date; who gave the authority; and what was the police force concerned. [HL316]

There have been two occasions when Parliamentary Police and Security have been asked to examine the internet records of a member of staff of the House: in November 2006 and June 2007. This was done with the approval and at the request of Blacks Rod's Office and the Head of Human Resources. No requests have been made concerning Members of the House.

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To ask the Chairman of Committees on what occasions in the past five years a third party has been given access to the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology service (or its predecessor body); and in each case what was the date of access; who gave the authority; and who was the person or organisation to whom access was given. [HL317]

A number of trusted third parties are given access to the ICT system as part of their maintenance and support responsibilities. They are subject to confidentiality clauses in their contracts. No third party has been given access to systems for investigatory purposes. Security specialists are asked to examine the perimeter defences of the network from time to time as part of security audits.