Queen's office discusses "garbage"

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2007, THE HAGUE – The Office of the Queen will destroy all documents and memos from now on that are not intended for the archive. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wrote this to Parliament on Thursday.

31 May 2007

THE HAGUE – The Office of the Queen will destroy all documents and memos from now on that are not intended for the archive. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wrote this to Parliament on Thursday.

He was writing in response to the leaking of confidential information that television programme NOVA had fished from a garbage bin. The prime minister stressed that this should never have been allowed to happen.

He blamed the incident on "human error." Balkenende say there is no reason to worry that the security of the members of the royal family was at stake at any point.

Balkenende had already said that the papers (among them a list of planned state visits) should never have just been thrown away. The staff at the Office of the Queen even attended a special meeting last year on how to handle confidential documents. A second meeting on the topic will be held next month.

Balkenende also announced that "to be thorough," he would have the "information security procedures and compliance with these procedures" at his own ministry examined. He added that no organisation can guarantee that mistakes will never be made or that accidents will never happen.

The Liberal VVD had initially wanted to request an emergency debate on the matter but MP Laetitia Griffith said this afternoon that the party would not be doing so, even though she was not entirely satisfied with the prime minister's answer.

Griffith wants to further discuss Balkenende's letter with the standing committee for home affairs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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