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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 Transport 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.

Between 11 November 1987 and 1 July 1990 the Department received 18,145 subject access inquiries, of which 18,122 were inquiries made of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's 86 million driver and vehicle licence records held there on computer; 303,400 transactions are handled each day at the Agency. No prior estimate had been made of the number of subject access inquiries. We have no plans to reconsider the levels of fees charged.