Intelligence Services: Vetting

Duchy of Lancaster written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 396W, on intelligence services: vetting, for what reason information on security vetting is not held centrally; what arrangements are in place for the collation and co-ordination of information received through security vetting; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)

Government Departments collect information and make decisions in respect of staff and contractors as part of the security vetting process. This information is classed as sensitive personal data and there is currently no requirement for such information to be held centrally. There is provision for Government Departments to share information on individual cases as necessary.

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