Fostering Services (Ofsted Supervision)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:52 pm on 21 October 2009.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships) 4:52, 21 October 2009

I reassure my hon. Friend that I had not moved on. We are dealing with important matters to do with data and information.

My hon. Friend mentioned a number of times the need to cleanse data files from a variety of sources. I have made inquiries, and I am assured by Ofsted that it does not hold any information that places his constituent's livelihood in jeopardy. As for the important point about local authorities, I am confident that it is outwith Ofsted's remit. The advice that my hon. Friend has been given about the Information Commissioner seems appropriate. I can check that again and I would be happy to correspond with my hon. Friend on the matter, but Ofsted has no power to instruct local authorities to cleanse their records of data. That would be a matter for the commissioner. Again, if my hon. Friend wishes it, I would be more than happy to consider the matter one more time, but I am confident that that is appropriate.