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Personal Information

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances confidential personal information held by his Department is supplied to other Departments of State.

The Home Office supplies confidential personal information to other Government Departments in a variety of circumstances. These include the provision of information relating to the treatement of convicted offenders, their whereabouts and their transfer from one part of the United Kingdom to another; information relating to applications to enter or remain in this country or to take employment here; and information required for statistical and research purposes. Personnel records are also passed to other Departments, principally in connection with the transfer of staff to them.