Clause 40

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury) 9:45 am, 25th January 2007

I am grateful to the Minister for the way in which he has talked through how the information can be used, but I still wonder whether there is any way in which less detail could be provided, while still achieving the objectives that the hon. Member for Slough referred to.

I was also struck by the Financial Secretary’s comments on subsection (5), which restricts the use to which the data can be put. The restriction is very clear. I am not sure that I would wish to remove it, but it is a tight restriction compared to the broad ability in clause 36(4)(a) for any enactment to be used to share the data. On the one hand, we have provisions that enable broad use, subject to legislation, and on the other, some tightly worded subsections restricting the use of data. There is a contradiction, which we need to explore later. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.