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Public Bill Committee: 27 October 2016                  

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Matt Hancock

 

143

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  31,  after “person”, insert “, other than the public

 

authority,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

144

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  32,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

145

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

the public authority, if the public authority is involved in processing the

 

information for disclosure under subsection (1);”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment has the effect that a public authority which processes information for disclosure

 

under clause 56 must be accredited for that purpose under clause 61.

 

Matt Hancock

 

146

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  37,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

147

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  38,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

148

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  41,  leave out “this section” and insert “subsection (1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

149

 

Clause  56,  page  53,  line  1,  leave out subsection (9)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 



 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

150

 

Clause  57,  page  53,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In its application to a public authority with functions relating to the provision of

 

health services or adult social care, section 56 does not authorise the disclosure of

 

information held by the authority in connection with such functions.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 168 to 170 ensure that Chapter 5 of Part 5 applies to a public

 

authority with functions relating to the provision of health services or adult social care and other

 

functions, but that in such a case the powers to disclose in the Chapter only apply to information

 

held in connection with the other functions.

 

Matt Hancock

 

151

 

Clause  57,  page  53,  line  28,  leave out “56” and insert “56(1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

152

 

Clause  58,  page  53,  line  38,  leave out “56(9)” and insert “56(3B)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

153

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  2,  at end insert “(including section 56(3B))”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

154

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

which is made for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention

 

of anti-social behaviour,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 157 create a further exception to the bar on the further disclosure

 

of information which is disclosed under clause 56 (so that it can be processed for disclosure under

 

that section), allowing disclosure for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-

 

social behaviour.

 

Matt Hancock

 

155

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  7,  leave out “(whether or not in the United Kingdom)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that a criminal investigation for the purposes of

 

clause 58(3) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis

 

that a reference to a criminal investigation covers an investigation overseas in any event.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

156

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  10,  leave out “and whether or not in the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that legal proceedings for the purposes of clause

 

58(3) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis that

 

a reference to legal proceedings covers proceedings overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

157

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (3)(da) “anti-social behaviour” has the same meaning as in Part 1

 

of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 2 of that

 

Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 154.

 

Matt Hancock

 

158

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  21,  leave out subsections (5) and (6) insert—

 

“( )    

A person commits an offence if—

 

(a)    

the person discloses personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(2), and

 

(b)    

at the time that the person makes the disclosure, the person knows that

 

the disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether the

 

disclosure does so.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment applies to the disclosure of personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(2) of clause 58. It has the effect that it is an offence to do so only if the person knows that the

 

disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether it does so.

 

Matt Hancock

 

159

 

Clause  58,  page  54,  line  39,  leave out “56(9)” and insert “56(3B)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

160

 

Clause  59,  page  54,  line  43,  leave out “56(9)” and insert “56(3B)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 



 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Matt Hancock

 

161

 

Clause  60,  page  55,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The code of practice must be consistent with the code of practice issued under

 

section 52B (data-sharing code) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as altered or

 

replaced from time to time).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a code of practice issued under clause 60 by the relevant Minister and

 

relating to the disclosure of information under clause 56 to be consistent with the data-sharing

 

code of practice issued by the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

193

 

Clause  60,  page  55,  line  20,  leave out “have regard to” and insert “comply with”

 

Matt Hancock

 

162

 

Clause  60,  page  55,  line  24,  leave out “56” and insert “56(1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

163

 

Clause  61,  page  56,  line  7,  leave out “56” and insert “subsection (1) of section 56”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

164

 

Clause  61,  page  56,  line  9,  leave out “section” and insert “subsection”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

165

 

Clause  61,  page  56,  line  11,  leave out “section” and insert “subsection”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.

 

Matt Hancock

 

166

 

Clause  61,  page  56,  line  23,  leave out “56” and insert “56(1)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 142.


 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

167

 

Clause  61,  page  56,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Statistics Board—

 

(a)    

may from time to time revise conditions or grounds published under this

 

section, and

 

(b)    

if it does so, must publish the conditions or grounds as revised.

 

(6B)    

Subsection (6) applies in relation to the publication of conditions or grounds

 

under subsection (6A) as it applies in relation to the publication of conditions or

 

grounds under subsection (2).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables the Statistics Board to revise the conditions and grounds it establishes for

 

the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of people and research for the purposes of

 

information sharing under Chapter 5 of Part 5 of the Bill.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

168

 

Clause  63,  page  57,  line  18,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

A person is not a public authority for the purposes of this Chapter if the person—

 

(a)    

only has functions relating to the provision of health services,

 

(b)    

only has functions relating to the provision of adult social care, or

 

(c)    

only has functions within paragraph (a) and paragraph (b).

 

(2A)    

The following are to be disregarded in determining whether subsection (2) applies

 

to a person—

 

(a)    

any power (however expressed) to do things which are incidental to the

 

carrying out of another function of that person;

 

(b)    

any function which the person exercises or may exercise on behalf of

 

another person.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 150.

 

Matt Hancock

 

169

 

Clause  63,  page  57,  line  21,  leave out “subsection (2)(a)” and insert “this Chapter”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 150.

 

Matt Hancock

 

170

 

Clause  63,  page  57,  line  30,  leave out “subsection (2)(b)” and insert “this Chapter”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 150.

 



 
 

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Matt Hancock

 

171

 

Clause  67,  page  60,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

a subsidiary undertaking of the Bank of England within the meaning of

 

the Companies Acts (see sections 1161 and 1162 of the Companies Act

 

2006),”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment means that the provisions in new section 45B of the Statistics and Registration

 

Service Act 2007 about access to information by the Statistics Board will apply to subsidiaries of

 

the Bank of England as well as to the Bank itself.

 

Matt Hancock

 

172

 

Clause  67,  page  61,  leave out lines 39 to 43 and insert “the public authority—

 

( )    

is a part of the Scottish Administration, or

 

( )    

is a Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved

 

functions (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment modifies the requirement for a request for information under new section 45B of

 

the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and any response to be laid before the Scottish

 

Parliament so that it applies to a request to public authority which is a part of the Scottish

 

Administration or a Scottish public authority with mixed or no reserved functions.

 

Matt Hancock

 

173

 

Clause  67,  page  61,  line  45,  leave out from beginning to end of line 3 on page 62

 

and insert “the public authority is a Wales public authority as defined by section 157A of

 

the Government of Wales Act 2006.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment modifies the requirement for a request for information under new section 45B of

 

the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and any response to be laid before the National

 

Assembly for Wales so that it applies to a request to a Wales public authority.

 

Matt Hancock

 

174

 

Clause  67,  page  62,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Until the coming into force of section 12 of the Bank of England and Financial

 

Services Act 2016 subsection (1)(b) has effect as if the words in brackets were

 

omitted.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes provision about the reference in new section 45B(1)(b) to the Bank of

 

England in the exercise of its functions as the Prudential Regulation Authority in the period before

 

the coming into force of section 12 of the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016. Until

 

that section comes into force the Authority will remain a subsidiary of the Bank and so will be

 

covered by the reference in amendment 171.

 

Matt Hancock

 

175

 

Clause  67,  page  62,  line  41,  leave out from “authority” to end of line 3 on page 63

 

and insert “which is a Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved

 

functions (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment modifies the requirement to obtain the consent of the Scottish Ministers before


 
 

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giving a notice under new section 45C of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 so that

 

it applies to a notice given to a Scottish public authority with mixed or no reserved functions.

 

Matt Hancock

 

176

 

Clause  67,  page  63,  line  5,  leave out from “authority” to end of line 10 and insert

 

“which is a Wales public authority as defined by section 157A of the Government of

 

Wales Act 2006.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment modifies the requirement to obtain the consent of the Welsh Ministers before

 

giving a notice under new section 45C of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 so that

 

it applies to a notice given to a Wales public authority.

 

Matt Hancock

 

188

 

Clause  67,  page  65,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The statement must be consistent with the code of practice issued under section

 

52B (data-sharing code) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as altered or replaced

 

from time to time).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a statement issued under section 45E of the Statistics and Registration

 

Service Act 2007 by the Statistics Board and relating to the exercise of its functions under sections

 

45B, 45C and 45D of that Act to be consistent with the data-sharing code of practice issued by the

 

Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

194

 

Clause  67,  page  66,  line  15,  leave out “have regard to” and insert “comply with”

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

177

 

Clause  72,  page  70,  line  15,  after “135”, insert “of the Communications Act 2003”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes it clear that the Act amended by clause 72 is the Communications Act 2003.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

178

 

Clause  76,  page  74,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (4)(a) after “concession” insert “provided for by the regulations”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Section 365A(4) inserted by clause 76(6) gives the BBC power, where they determine that a TV

 

licence fee concession is to apply, to provide how entitlement to the concession may be established.

 

This amendment makes a consequential amendment to the Secretary of State’s power to make

 

similar provision.


 
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