House of Lords written question – answered on 10th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Jenkin of Roding Lord Jenkin of Roding Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How soon after the Pensions Bill receives Royal Assent they intend to make regulations under Clause 136 of the Bill as amended in Committee of the Whole House (HL Bill 79) about energy consumers who are in receipt of state pension credit; and whether they will publish draft regulations in advance of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

Clause 136 of the Pensions Bill enables the Secretary of State to set out in regulations details of how state pension credit data are to be shared with energy suppliers. We are working closely with energy suppliers, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Defra and Ofgem to agree how the data-sharing process will work. We will lay the draft regulations as soon as possible after Royal Assent; they will be affirmative and therefore subject to full parliamentary scrutiny.

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Jane Birkby
Posted on 12 Oct 2008 12:20 am (Report this annotation)

Information about the public is in far too many third party hands, and it is not secure.
I strongly object to the government giving personal data out to commercial third parties, it should be kept secure within the government system.

David Clark
Posted on 12 Oct 2008 6:04 pm (Report this annotation)

I agree with Jane. What price confidentiality for the new ID card data once the system is in and slips out of the headlines?