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Data Sharing

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

8. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will make a statement on plans to increase data sharing across Government. (125525)

My colleagues in the Department of Constitutional Affairs set out the Government’s position on data sharing last September. Of course this must be done in a responsible manner but we believe there can be significant advantages for the public if different Departments co-operate to ensure services are personalised and built around individual needs rather than forcing people to give the same information, over and over again, to different Departments and agencies.