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Data Protection

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many subject access requests under the terms of the Data Protection Act his Department has received; what was his estimate of the number of requests that would be received; what consideration he is giving to the subject access fee charged by his Department as a result; and whether he will make a statement.

The diplomatic and aid wings together have so far received 35 requests for subject access, all from present or former members of staff: this figure is in line with forecasts of likely numbers of applications. We do not propose to change the arrangements for charges set out in the reply given by my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the hon. Member on 30 October 1987, Official Report, column 478.