Information Commissioner

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2006.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what meetings she has held with the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months; what issues were discussed at these meetings; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Information Commissioner is an independent body created by statute. He has responsibilities for handling complaints made to him under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998. I have had no meetings with the Commissioner. However my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor meets regularly with the Information Commissioner to discuss issues of mutual interest, covering both Freedom of Information and Data Protection. At some of these meeting he is accompanied by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Baroness Ashton. Baroness Ashton has also met the Information Commissioner separately to discuss issues of both Freedom of Information and Data Protection.

These issue have included such matters as the implementation and operation of Freedom of Information in its first full year, the promotion of public understanding of Freedom of Information and Data Protection, the promotion of best practice among authorities subject to the Acts, and the Commissioner's report on his work in 2004–05 and his plans for his office in 2005–06 and 2006–07.

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