New Clause 1 — Oversight role of the National Data Guardian

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 10:00 am on 9 January 2015.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health) 10:00, 9 January 2015

I am grateful to the Minister for his response and for the constructive way that we have dealt with the Bill, which in many ways demonstrates some of the best traditions of the House. I am a little disappointed, given the fallow—dare I say useless—fifth year of this five-year Parliament, that time has not been found to address these issues. The protection and use of individual data, not just in health services but across the public sector, is one of the biggest and most important emerging issues facing our politics and society, and the Minister is right to say that such matters need to be treated carefully, judiciously, and with diligence and attention to detail.

Given the cross-party support and the Minister’s assurances, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the clause.

Clause, by leave, withdrawn.