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Departmental Security

International Development written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) ministerial private secretaries in his Department.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The booklet HMG Personnel Security Controls, available from the Cabinet Office website at:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/hmg-personnel-security-controls describes the circumstances in which a post may require the holder to be the subject of national security vetting checks.

It is not appropriate to confirm which specific posts or post holders within a Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for the hostile targeting of individuals.

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