Angela Smith named as government IT minister

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that Angela Smith has responsibility for government IT and information security

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that Angela Smith has responsibility for government IT and information security.

Smith, the department's minister of state, leads on the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Information Security and Assurance, according to a full list of ministerial responsibilities released on 14 October.

Before joining the Cabinet Office, Smith was parliamentary private secretary to Yvette Cooper at Communities and Local Government and the Treasury, and had joined the Transport Select Committee. She has campaigned on jobs for steel workers in Sheffield and for transport investment in the north of England.

The government was reshuffled in July. At the time the government confirmed Stephen Timms's new role as Digital Britain minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Mike O'Brien's responsibility for NHS IT at the Department of Health. Lord Brett is covering for Meg Hillier at the Home Office during her maternity leave, leading on identity cards, criminal records and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

The new list also shows that Jim Knight's responsibilities at the Department for Work and Pensions include digital inclusion, Directgov, departmental IT and data security. At the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Diana Johnson's responsibilities include IT and the digital curriculum. However, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin leads on the ContactPoint database of children in England.

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