§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he is taking to ensure the security of(a) his Department's computers in-house and (b) lap-top personal computers when used by civil servants outside his Department's offices.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
It is not Government policy to disclose details of the protective security measures for safeguarding computers used for official purposes. To do so would be of assistance to potential attackers and therefore reduce the effectiveness of the measures. These measures have been kept under review and my right hon. Friend has approved revised rules covering the use of lap-top computers.