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Data Protection Act 1984

Volume 82: debated on Wednesday 10 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will appoint a day for registration under the Data Protection Act 1984 to commence; and if he will make a statement.

I have today made an order under section 42(1) of the Data Protection Act 1984 appointing 11 November 1985 as the day on which applications for registration under the Act may begin to be made. Data users will have six months from that date within which to apply for registration.This date has been appointed after consultation with the Data Protection Registrar, who, since his appointment last September, has concentrated his efforts on setting up his office and devising procedures for registration. With this in mind, he has held meetings with a wide range of representative organisations and has taken account of the views which they have expressed. He has also published advice and information about the Act. Details of his activities during the last nine months are set out in his first annual report, which was presented to Parliament yesterday and which is published today (HC 470).