Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith Conservative, Chingford and Woodford Green

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) from what baselines HM Revenue and Customs will measure progress against its strategic objectives in respect of data security between 2009 and 2012; and by what mechanism such progress will be (a) measured and (b) evaluated;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2010, Official Report, column 74W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, how many data security incidents there were in his Department in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of the number of persons affected.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) plans to achieve its data security targets, and the measurement criteria to evaluate performance against them, are set out in the Department's annual business plans, available at:

Information on data security incidents in 2008-09 is published on page 15 of HMRC's 2008-09 accounts; available at:

Information for 2009-10 will be published in HMRC's 2009-10 accounts.

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