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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) transcription of UK court and tribunal hearings will not be undertaken offshore, (b) UK transcription jobs and skills will be safeguarded and (c) safeguards are put in place to eliminate risk to national security following contracts being awarded as a result of the Framework and Contracts for the Provision of Transcription Services for Court Reporting and Transcription Services OJEU Prior Information Notice tender.
Any proposal to send offshore transcription services under the Framework Agreement for the provision of Court Reporting and Transcription Services must comply with government guidance on the management of any additional security risks associated with the storage, processing or transmission of information offshore and takes account of current European Union requirements to confirm the adequacy of legislated protection of personal information in the country where storage or data processing occurs.
No element of the services supplied under the Framework Agreement can be sent offshore without the express written permission of the relevant Senior Information Responsible Officer (SIRO). Any request to send offshore parts of the service would be subject to a stringent consideration of the implications in terms of national security, data security and any broader risks and benefits.