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County Court Records

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2006, Official Report, column 732W, on county court records, whether she has received representations on (a) the Department’s contract with Registry Trust and (b) the appropriateness of the contract in the context of European legislation on the re-use of public sector information. (76738)

No representations have been received by the Department on its contract with Registry Trust Ltd., nor its appropriateness in the context of European legislation on the re-use of public sector information.

Registry Trust Ltd., in its role as Registrar of the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines, carry out a statutory function on behalf of the Lord Chancellor. Therefore, the provisions of Directive 2003/98/EC, requiring public sector bodies to avoid as far as possible exclusive agreements between themselves and private partners when establishing the principles for re-use of documents, do not apply to its contract with Registry Trust Ltd.