Clause 40

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury) 9:30 am, 25th January 2007

These are probing amendments through which we are attempting to understand the data flows through the system and to probe what information is required. Amendment No. 166 would delete subsection (3) and replace it with the provision stating that information about NHS registration can be passed but that it should not

“include any information which would allow the identification of an ‘individual’”.

The amendment would reduce the detail of the information supplied in order to protect confidentiality.

I have a question about the amount and detail of the data supplied. Subsection (3)(d) will allow information about the history to be transferred. With reference to amendments Nos. 167 and 169, will the information be used for any purpose other than the production of the mid-term population statistics? Such statistics—in particular Slough’s problems estimating mid-term figures—have been a feature of debates in Committee and were a feature of the Second Reading debate.

Amendment No. 168 would remove subsection (6). Will the Minister explain how the exemptions relateto clause 36(4)(c) and (h) and how they apply toclause 40?