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Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to introduce secondary legislation to facilitate data sharing under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 apart from the draft Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2009. (258713)

The UK Statistics Authority has approved plans to take forward a number of data sharing measures that require secondary legislation.

In respect of the disclosure of information to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by another public authority, there are plans for secondary legislation to share information on students in higher education (for improving population statistics), information from the Value Added Tax System (to reduce the reporting burden on business) and information from the Joint Unemployment and Vacancies Operating System (again to reduce the burden on business).

In respect of disclosure by ONS to other public authorities, there are plans for secondary legislation to disclose information from the Interdepartmental Business Register to the Bank of England. There are also plans for secondary legislation to disclose information from this source to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland, although this will not require legislation in the UK Parliament.