Clause 60

Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 17th January 2008.

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Power to require documents and information etc.

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

The clause deals with the power of the commission to require documents and information. I want to ask the Minister, in the light of events across Government that are both topical and recent, what guarantees he can give that data collected under the powers in the clause will be kept securely and is the Secretary of State ultimately liable?

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

No, the hon. Gentleman will know that health managers are statutorily responsible for complying with data protection laws. I am sure that he follows these issues closely and will know that the data protection rules governing health data, because of their sensitive nature, are much stronger and more securely held and, indeed, have sometimes been criticised for being too difficult to access. That will remain the case under the clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 60 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 61 ordered to stand part of the Bill.