Clause 11 - Information sharing in relation to technical education qualifications

Part of Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 2 December 2021.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education) 4:15, 2 December 2021

There are always concerns when it comes to this Government and information sharing. There have been many examples in which there has been real concern about the approach that the Government have taken to this sort of thing, which is why I was asking about the scope of these powers. We entirely understand sharing information about specific qualifications, but if it gets more granular than that—if it gets more into the area of personal data—there will be real concern. At future stages of the Bill’s passage it would be good to get a more detailed understanding of precisely what information the Government are seeking powers to share. Notwithstanding that, on the basis that these information-sharing powers mirror the current arrangements with regard to the institute, we do not intend to oppose clause stand part.