Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This loss of 237,000 local people’s personal details is a total disgrace. There must be a thorough investigation in to this incident and there must be strong and enforceable protocol put in place to ensure such things never happen again.
“Its time that government stopped cutting corners, because their actions could have a very detrimental effect on peoples lives.
“The Executive must ensure that Northern Ireland’s civil service acts quickly to create strict guidelines to prevent such sensitive data being lost among departments here. We need to see actions to demonstrate that the Executive will do everything possible to stop something of this nature happening in Northern Ireland.
“It will have been of little comfort that the Chancellor assured people that the police did not think the details had fallen into criminal hands because this should never have happened in the first place.”