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Departmental Data Protection

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what audits his Department and its agencies have carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years. [176462]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA’s Internal Audit Division have not conducted any audits specifically focusing on personal data or IT equipment during the period. As departmental policy does not require business areas to undertake audits, information on any they may have carried out could not be collected without incurring disproportionate costs, but a thorough ‘wall-to-wall’ audit of IT equipment was carried out by IBM in October 2004 when ownership of DEFRA’s IT equipment was transferred under the terms of the IT outsourcing contract.

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to audit of personal data and IT equipment. [176625]

Jonathan Shaw: The Department’s IT services are provided mainly by IBM under an outsourcing arrangement. This contract includes provisions for DEFRA and its audit agents to have audit and access rights, including contractor premises, systems and records as may be required for the purposes of verifying the integrity, confidentiality and security of the Department’s data and/or personal data.

There are also provisions which require IBM and its sub-contractors to comply with all applicable parts of the Data Protection Acts, specifically the seventh data protection principle, which concerns the unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.

Other contracts awarded by DEFRA include standard terms and conditions which place obligations on contractors including requirements for access to audit and compliance with the Data Protection Acts as stated above.

Departmental ICT

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department
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were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [181355]

Jonathan Shaw: The following table shows how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff, where known, were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001.

Date acquired (a) Male (b) Female Unknown Total

2000—26 January 2005(1)

40

12

31

83

2005 (from 27 January 2005)(1)

15

10

6

31

2006

27

25

7

59

2007

13

5

13

31

Total

95

52

57

204

(1) PDAs purchased prior to 27 January 2005 do not have a purchase date recorded against their entry within the asset management tool and have been given a default acquired date of 1 January 2000.

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost was of each of the five largest IT contracts awarded in 2007 by his Department; and what the actual cost has been. [181961]

Jonathan Shaw: IT services and provision was outsourced to IBM in October 2004. IT projects that previously would have required the award of a contract are now, in the main, handled through these arrangements.

However, in March 2007 a new contract was awarded to Atos. The project started in April 2007 and relates to the Genesis application which handles environmental stewardship payments for land managers. The cost of this contract is £21 million over five years. Actual spend during the first year is £500,000 lower than forecast.

Details of IT contracts awarded by the Department’s wider Network are not held centrally. Further information would be available only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department’s personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was. [185274]

Jonathan Shaw: The following figures show the reported number of thefts/losses of personal digital assistants from April 2003 onwards:


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Personal digital assistants including Blackberry devices

2003-04

0

2004-05 (1)

1

2005-06 (1)

1

2006-07 (1)

8

2007-08 to date (1)

1

(1) Following the outsourcing of IT services to IBM in October 2004, IT equipment is no longer classed as a departmental asset as it forms part of the overall contract for the provision of IT services. All IT equipment therefore belongs to IBM. However, in an effort to reduce the losses of portable IT equipment, advice and guidance on the security of portable IT equipment is made available to staff.
There were no reported losses of any personal data.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each year since establishment. [182521]

Jonathan Shaw: The number of Press Officers in Core DEFRA is tabulated, with the census point for the number of Press Officers, taken as June for each year. The staffing numbers for the Press Office fluctuate during the course of any one year.

The figures in the table exclude numbers for ancillary or support staff, but numbers have varied, ranging from 3 to 7 during the review period.

Staff numbers as at June Press Officers

2001

22

2002

22

2003

22

2004

18

2005

24

2006

24

2007

20


The DEFRA Press Office provides services for the Central Science Laboratory, Government Decontamination Service, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Pesticide Safety Directorate, Veterinary Laboratory Agency, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The number of staff employed in the Press Offices of each of the remaining DEFRA agencies of CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences) and the Rural Payments Agency, in each year since 2001 is tabulated, with the number of ancillary support staff in brackets (The RPA did not have any ancillary staff associated with the Press Office).

Agency CEFAS RPA

2001

0.02

0.2

2002

0.03

0.2

2003

0.03

0.2

2004

0.68

0.2

2005

1.0 (0.16)

0.2

2006

1.0 (0.24)

1.0

2007

1.0

2.0


In addition to support from the DEFRA Press Office, Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) employs a Head of Communications and an External Communications Manager.

The “White Book” of contacts in Government departments and agencies contains listings for DEFRA and is updated twice yearly.


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Farms

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms
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there were in each county in England in each year since 2001. [185649]

Jonathan Shaw: The following table shows the number of registered holdings at June each year for 2001 to 2006 by county/unitary authority.


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Holdings in England by county/unitary authority
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees

285

301

297

297

293

302

South Teesside

241

254

261

268

276

284

Darlington

256

269

270

277

281

289

Durham CC

2,382

2,499

2,538

2,591

2,655

2,781

Northumberland

2,574

2,669

2,701

2,728

2,777

2,905

Tyneside

270

264

265

278

282

283

Sunderland

65

65

65

64

72

78

West Cumbria

2,372

2,455

2,493

2,549

2,572

2,802

East Cumbria

5,071

5,245

5,356

5,396

5,419

5,717

Halton and Warrington

265

276

280

280

285

282

Cheshire CC

4,803

5,135

5,216

5,226

5,265

5,351

Greater Manchester South

473

500

500

508

509

498

Greater Manchester North

1,196

1,257

1,253

1,241

1,254

1,257

Blackburn with Darwen

263

288

299

297

297

312

Blackpool

39

42

46

44

46

46

Lancashire CC

6,076

6,420

6,437

6,507

6,531

6,631

East Merseyside

227

234

239

237

237

237

Liverpool

11

14

12

11

11

13

Sefton

123

131

128

129

130

143

Wirral

130

136

137

141

145

148

Kingston upon Hull, City of

13

16

16

17

20

16

East Riding of Yorkshire

2,909

3,050

3,085

3,124

3,140

3,108

North and North East Lincolnshire

968

1,039

1,040

1,038

1,023

998

York

426

448

445

438

439

432

North Yorkshire CC

9,612

10,109

10,244

10,324

10,370

10,711

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

1,431

1,498

1,530

1,550

1,547

1,529

Sheffield

303

335

349

372

364

372

Bradford

884

968

979

997

1,002

1,002

Leeds

663

716

714

706

707

731

Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield

2,450

2,691

2,695

2,722

2,715

2,700

Derby

31

33

38|

36

35

45

East Derbyshire

955

1,008

1,033

1,030

1,055

1,080

South and West Derbyshire

3,636

3,853

3,926

3,992

4,092

4,361

Nottingham

8

8

10

11

13

14

North Nottinghamshire

1,582

1,663

1,667

1,687

1,732

1,767

South Nottinghamshire

770

799

814

810

823

862

Leicester

12

11

14

15

19

22

Leicestershire CC and Rutland

3,362

3,548

3,589

3,638

3,661

3,880

Northamptonshire

2,406

2,529

2,537

2,577

2,659

2,800

Lincolnshire

6,335

6,571

6,553

6,565

6,615

6,742

Herefordshire, County of

4,303

4,574

4,631

4,704

4,825

5,066

Worcestershire

3,677

3,955

3,980

4,033

4,090

4,137

Warwickshire

2,804

2,950

2,971

3,037

3,070

3,074

Telford and Wrekin

340

364

377

386

401

395

Shropshire CC

5,840

6,205

6,274

6,349

6,524

6,544

Stoke-on-Trent

73

82

80

85

87

104

Staffordshire CC

5,682

6,038

6,105

6,138

6,246

6,271

Birmingham

50

53

55

61

63

66

Solihull

258

270

270

282

284

287

Coventry

75

82

84

91

89

102

Dudley and Sandwell

56

63

63

74

82

70

Walsall and Wolverhampton

88

89

87

88

90

95

Peterborough

242

240

243

247

256

275

Cambridgeshire CC

3,307

3,345

3,414

3,403

3,471

3,459

Norfolk

6,293

6,511

6,589

6,751

6,783

6,658

Suffolk

4,390

4,610

4,764

4,862

4,975

4,954

Luton

8

8

7

7

10

9

Bedfordshire CC

1,345

1,402

1,414

1,429

1,407

1,410

Hertfordshire

1,470

1,544

1,590

1,629

1,657

1,637

Southend-on-Sea

(1)

(1)

(1)

5

(1)

5

Thurrock

(1)

(1)

(1)

121

(1)

121

Essex CC

3,886

4,100

4,161

4,175

4,232

4,151

Inner London—West

5

6

10

9

14

33

Inner London—East

10

14

15

13

15

20

Outer London—East and North East

148

161

160

164

164

164

Outer London—South

159

173

178

161

168

177

Outer London—West and North West

112

118

127

132

140

137

Berkshire

984

1,076

1,091

1,136

1,138

1,183

Milton Keynes

222

233

237

240

242

274

Buckinghamshire CC

1,993

2,094

2,134

2,164

2,205

2,312

Oxfordshire

2,511

2,614

2,634

2,662

2,783

2,910

Brighton and Hove

26

30

3,036

38

45

East Sussex CC

2,857

3,048

3,078

3,158

3,288

3,363

Surrey

2,043

2,180

2,239

2,207

2,290

2,292

West Sussex

2,460

2,600

26,43

2,673

2,764

2,822

Portsmouth

6

9

9

10

10

12

Southampton

33

36

35

38

39

32

Hampshire CC

3,740

3,969

4,285

4,302

4,320

4,558

Isle of Wight

605

645

680

689

709

713

Medway

108

115

123

134

131

123

Kent CC

4,873

5,323

5,511

5,538

5,600

5,696

Bristol, City of

55

62

68

74

77

94

North and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire

2,592

2,789

2,841

2,865

2,929

3,007

Gloucestershire

4,483

4,797

4,829

4,874

4,982

5,068

Swindon

219

231

231

236

231

241

Wiltshire CC

3,633

3,839

3,864

3,909

3,960

4,059

Bournemouth and Poole

38

35

36

36

44

46

Dorset CC

3,713

3,968

3,979

4,076

4,169

4,349

Somerset

7,516

8,016

8,212

8,312

8,551

8,869

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

8,393

8,842

8,956

8,997

9,066

9,208

Plymouth

38

40

40

45

46

48

Torbay

52

60

56

60

63

72

Devon CC

141,291

14,794

15,001

15,199

155,961

16,033

England

177,934

187,871

190,687

192,824

1959,081

200,381

(1) Suppressed to prevent disclosure of information about individual holdings in the East of England region.
Source:
June Agricultural Survey

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