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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 January 2015 to Question 906848, what guidance his Department issues on when Government departments should seek to legislate to establish a legal basis for the sharing of personal data.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not publish guidance on when departments should legislate to establish a legal basis for sharing personal data. However, we have published general guidance for departments, which seeks to clarify the legal circumstances in which the data sharing powers of public bodies can be exercised. The Public Sector Data Sharing guidance can be found at:

https://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/information-access-rights/data-sharing/annex-h-data-sharing.pdf

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