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Three million motorists' details lost

18 December 2007

  • Government confirms blunder
  • Transport Secretary says risk 'not substantial'
  • Shake-up of DVLA likely to follow

Motorway

The details of three million candidates for the driving theory test have gone missing, the Government has confirmed.

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said that the name, address and phone number of everyone who had taken the test between September 2004 and April 2007 had been lost.

However, she has insisted that the risk posed by the loss is 'not substantial' and has ruled out writing to everyone involved to inform them of the loss.

It is the latest loss of data to afflict Britain's motorists. Earlier this month, details of more than 7000 motorists were lost while being sent between Northern Ireland's Driver and Vehicle Agency and the DVLA in Swansea.

Prior to that, HM Revenue and Customs lost discs containing 25 million people's details.

The Times newspaper reports that the latest error is likley to lead to a shake-up in the way information is held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

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