To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many instances of loss of personal documents have been recorded by (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Pension Service in each of the last five years.
Prior to November 2007, the Information Commissioner did not require Departments or other organisations to collect or report details of losses of personal documents or data. Therefore this information is not available in respect of previous years, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Because of the nature of a Department which handles data relating to millions of individual customers on a daily basis, small localised instances involving personal data loss—for example the loss of an individual's papers—are not recorded centrally by the Department or its agencies, and the details of such individual instances could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Details of more significant incidents involving personal data, and which have been reported to the Information Commissioner for the year ending