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Government Documents (Disposal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Jim McGovern Jim McGovern Labour, Dundee West 11:30 am, 14th December 2011

Whether his Department has considered altering its guidance on the disposal of official Government documents.

Photo of Jim McGovern Jim McGovern Labour, Dundee West

According to Cabinet Office guidance, what would be the recourse if a civil servant in the Minister’s Department breached the Data Protection Act?

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

I can provide a detailed answer to the hon. Gentleman if he requires. If he is concerned about classified Government documents going amiss, I suggest he raises the matter with his right hon. Friend the shadow Health Secretary, who in 2009 had to apologise for leaving a briefcase full of classified Government documents on a train.