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Public Officials

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what legislation (a) prohibits and (b) restricts the publication of the remuneration of public officials in (i) central Government, (ii) Government agencies, (iii) non-departmental public bodies, (iv) local government and (v) the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [111471]

The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 place restrictions on the disclosure of personal data. Publication of the remuneration of public officials for whom the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is responsible would, therefore, be affected by this Act. Paragraph 12 of Part 11 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information also exempts personal information about an individual from the commitment to provide information under the Code. Paragraph 8 exempts personnel records (which would include details of remuneration) of employees of public authorities.