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Equality and Human Rights Commission: Databases

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1003W, on Equality and Human Rights Commission: databases, what the budget is for the new equality measurement framework database; whether it will hold personal data; what anonymised Census data it will use; whether a privacy impact assessment for that database will be prepared; and which organisations will be asked to provide data for that database. [Official Report, 26 February 2010, Vol. 506, c. 9-10MC.] (314959)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission budget for the development of the Equality Measurement Framework tool (EMF) is £2 million.

The plan is that no personal data will be stored or used within the context of the framework and because the data will be drawn from existing surveys most of which are already accessible to members of the public there will be no requirement for a privacy impact assessment.

The framework will not be using anonymised census information.

The intention is that data will be drawn from the following organisations: The Office for National Statistics, the NHS, the devolved Administrations, Government Departments, local government and the police force.