Clause 39

Part of Road Safety Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 18th April 2006.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:30 pm, 18th April 2006

I am grateful to the Minister. We got a number of important assurances from him, including that while he is Minister this Act will not be used to deny the right of driving instructors to enjoy the protection of personal data provisions. I am still concerned that if my amendments are not accepted it will be possible for driving instructors’ personal details  to be published. I will need to look further at the matter and take further advice.

I am grateful to the Minister for his assurance that there will be further consultation. As he is well aware, it has been a long-running concern of the DIA that it is not suitably consulted by the DSA. The concern was initially that raw data on driving examinations would be passed on. Indeed, a series of inquiries has shown, in data for individual driving instructors, that some of the fault markings in tests have not been as accurate as one would have hoped. I reserve the right to return to the matter on Report if I am not satisfied by legal advice on the disclosure of personal information, but I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.