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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: It has at all times been the intention that, in terms of data protection, security and other aspects, the arrangements for processing data should entail no material increase to the risk of misuse of data. Consequently, before agreement was given for any data to be processed in India, the site was visited by senior officials from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), who were fully satisfied that this was
The CRB undertakes a wide range of checks and audits on all systems and processes to satisfy the security expectations of the Data Protection Act 1998. In addition to daily routine auditing of CRB systems, the CRB undertakes yearly security accreditation and BS7799 compliance and has undergone a full data protection adequacy audit. Where processing is conducted by a data processor overseas, the same security standards are applied. Additionally, all staff members both within the CRB agency and within organisations processing data on behalf of the CRB agency receive regular data protection and security training.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: For planning purposes, the provision of land for burial is currently considered to be a local, rather than regional, land use issue. The government consultation paper on burial law and policy therefore seeks views on whether the provision of burial grounds should be linked to the local core strategy development plan, outlined in planning policy statement 12: local development frameworks. Such plans should cover a period of at least 10 years.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The summary of responses to the privacy chapter of the consultation paper, Access to Communications Data, has been published on the Home Office website. 1 The summary makes clear that the Home Office wants the public to continue to have the opportunity to be involved in debating confidence and trust in the use of surveillance powers by public authorities, and invites their views.
In addition, officials are engaged in research projects, being undertaken by Liberty and by the Office of the Information Commissioner, that are reviewing issues around the balance between respect for individual privacy and protection of the public. The Home Office welcomes these initiatives and is committed to engaging constructively in them. Together with the Home Office's own initiatives described in the summary of responses, they provide a foundation for broader public dialogue using a range of approaches from public meetings to online discussion groups.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: There are no transitional arrangements. Until 1 May 2004, nationals of the 10 accession countries seeking to come to the United Kingdom for the purpose of employment will continue to be subject to work permit requirements. After that date, they will be subject to the same rights and obligations that apply to any other national of a new member state.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Changes to the Commonwealth Working Holidaymaker Scheme were announced on 20 June 2003 and became effective for new applicants on 25 August 2003. Nationals of Commonwealth countries who enter as working holidaymakers may now work in any sector during their two-year stay, but must intend to take a holiday break from work during their stay.
The Government are reviewing the impact of the changes to the scheme. As part of the review, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently assessing the impact on the sports sector with a number of sporting bodies.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: A public consultation document on the Working Holidaymaker Scheme (WHS) was published in May 2002 with the consultation period ending on 23 August 2002. Eighty responses to the consultation document were received. Two professional sports players' associations responded, the Ice Hockey Players' Association and the Professional Footballers' Association. They made representations in October 2002, after the consultation period had ended, but their responses were none the less considered fully during the review process. Both responses opposed the proposed changes concerning the removal of work restrictions. The only other sporting body to respond was the Sports Council of Northern Ireland, which supported the removal of work restrictions.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) received representations directly from a number of sporting bodies, including the Ice Hockey Players' Association, against the proposed changes. However, the arguments raised were considered not to outweigh the potential advantages to the WHS of the removal of employment restrictions. The Government are reviewing the impact of the changes to the scheme. Within this review the DCMS, as part of the review process, is currently investigating the impact of the WHS with a number of sporting bodies.
Current member states, including the UK, cannot discriminate against any new member state or citizens of a specific accession state. Under the Accession Treaty nationals from all of the 10 new member states joining the EU on 1 May will have the right to travel freely across the European Union allowing them to visit, live and study in any other member state.
While predictions are extremely difficult to make, Home Office commissioned research looked at a number of independent studies into migration flows into the UK after enlargement and concluded that there will not be a massive increase from current levels.
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