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'Missing' pensions package found
Stobhill Hospital
The package was found at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow
A missing package containing hundreds of pension statements has been found - at its original destination.

The documents were discovered at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, a Scottish Government spokesman said.

The package - which contained names and national insurance numbers but no bank details - went missing after being dispatched by a government agency.

The spokesman said issues raised by the case would be considered as part of the government's review of data management.

The package was one of 162 which were sent to 14 separate addresses throughout Scotland by FedEx, the Scottish Government's official courier. The other 161 arrived safely.

Even though the data contained no addresses or bank account details, we were right to take the issue seriously
John Swinney
Finance Secretary

The pensions data was sent from the headquarters of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA), near Galashiels, to NHS Greater Glasgow on 26 October.

It was discovered on Friday that it was not possible to account for the package.

The government spokesman said on Sunday that it had been located after "detailed investigation" over the previous 48 hours.

"This package was located at Stobhill Hospital, where it was intended to be delivered," said the spokesman.

"The issues raised by this case will be considered as part of the government's review of data management."

Correct procedures

That review was instigated on Friday after HM Revenue and Customs computer discs containing 25 million child benefit records were lost.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "We were always confident that the single missing package out of 162 would be found safely, as the correct procedures were followed at all stages, enabling traceability checks to be successfully conducted.

"However, even though the data contained no addresses or bank account details, we were right to take the issue seriously."

Speaking earlier, Labour's Jackie Baillie had described it as "a very serious breach of security".

Matt McLaughlin, the regional organiser for health workers' union Unison, welcomed the discovery of the package.

"I am pleased they are having a review and I hope they don't decide to blame some low-paid, overworked individual for what seems to have been a clear systems failure," he said.

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