To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department's computers were compromised and inaccessible for staff in the week of (a) 5 February and (b) 12 February; and what contingency plans her Department has put in place to ensure the security of claimants' data on her Department's computers.
During the weeks in question there were a variety of outages of the Department’s computer systems. There were differing causes, but none were security related. All were resolved.
DWP has comprehensive security measures in place to protect the information that we hold and to ensure claimants’ interests are protected.