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Pupils: Disclosure of Information

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Information Commissioner was consulted on the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2009; and what advice the Commissioner gave in respect of the regulations. (258607)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated February 2009:

I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking whether the Information Commissioner was consulted over the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2009; and what representations the Commissioner made in respect of the proposals (258607). I am replying on behalf of the National Statistician who is away on business.

As part of the preparation for the laying of the draft Regulations before Parliament, officials from the Office for National Statistics met with staff from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on 1 August 2008 to discuss their plans. The ICO indicated that it was content for the proposed disclosure of information to proceed given that the information was to be used for statistical purposes only, that it was to be authorised by Parliament and that it was to be transmitted securely.