National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care

Part of Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 9:25 am, 6th June 2018

I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention and the fact that he is on the Committee; I know that all Committees welcome his membership.

The reason why we have a Data Guardian is to provide safeguarding and to make sure that the data is handled properly. Those costs can only be estimated; as my hon. Friend says, they could be more or less, depending on the requirements. That is exactly why we need a guardian. I would like the costs to be minimal, because that means that we are handling the guardian properly. But if there needs to be more, because there is a requirement to do more, there will be more cost.