Data Entry

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 25 February (WA 86-87), whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has set an overall standard for errors in data entry and processing; and, if so, what is that standard.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality) (also in the Department for Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Data entry is subject to a control framework comprising system-based validations and/or manual quality checks. Data quality is measured against targets or standards set for the system or application in question.

Defra uses a range of national and international agreed or recognised standards to record data in an appropriate way. The department does not have a complete central record of all of the standards being used. This could only be compiled at disproportionate cost.

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