Departmental Data Protection

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 75W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data on data loss incidents in previous years in his Department's next annual report.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Hansard, column 1179 and the written ministerial statement made my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2007, Hansard, column 98WS. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and Agencies for the storage and use of data.

The interim report of 17 December 2007 committed to put in place a programme to examine and improve data handling procedures. An update on this commitment will be included in the final report, expected shortly, and this report will detail the information to be included by departments on data loss in their annual reports.

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