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Information Commissioner: Finance

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Information Commissioner's budget will be in each of the next three financial years. (232693)

The Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) is funded from two sources. The notification fees paid by data controllers fund the ICO's data protection work. The Commissioner retains these fees with agreement from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Jack Straw) and the Treasury.

It is not possible to give figures for fee income for the next three financial years as this is dependent on the number of data controllers who renew their notification or register for the first time. In the financial year 2007-08 the ICO received fee income of £10,817,621.

The Ministry of Justice wants to ensure that the Information Commissioner has the resources necessary to be able to carry out his duties under the Data Protection Act effectively. This summer, we consulted on changes to the fee structure to fund recent and proposed changes to the Information Commissioner's powers and responsibilities. We will announce the outcome of this consultation shortly.

Funding for the Information Commissioner's freedom of information responsibilities is by grant in aid from my Department. The indicative baseline for the Information Commissioner is £5 million for the current spending review period. However, we keep the position under review and have provided the Information Commissioner with an additional £500,000 for the current financial year.