FOI in Parliament: 18-31 October 2005

31 October 2005
Written Answers – Health: Patient Records
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham, Con): To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list hospital trusts which send confidential patient records abroad for processing.
Liam Byrne: …I understand that the trust has followed guidelines published by the *Information Commissioner* and the European Commission relating to the transfer of personal data outside the European Union. More generally, details of trusts sending patient records abroad for…

Written Answers – Home Department: Kamel Bourgass
Charles Clarke: …confirmed a notification received earlier that morning (no time, medium, source or recipient recorded) that the powder found inside the mortar was ricin-enough for one lethal dose. Under the *Freedom of Information* Act 2005, we have a legal obligation to search for any relevant information before making the decision whether to disclose or apply an exemption…

28 October 2005
Written Answers – International Development: Non-departmental Public Bodies
David Amess (Southend West, Con): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department have a statutory base; which (a) publish their advice to Government, (b) publish an annual report and (c) lay an annual report before Parliament; and whether it is under a statutory requirement in each case.
Gareth Thomas: …On completion of this, the Advisory Board will be dissolved. The Advisory Board (a) publishes its advice in the minutes of meetings, under the terms of its *freedom of information* publication scheme, (b) publishes an annua report and accounts which (c) are laid in Parliament, as required by the Pensions Act, 1995.

Written Answers – International Development: Non-departmental Public Bodies
David Amess (Southend West, Con): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises, (c) conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, (d) publish a register of members’ interests, (e) publish agendas for meetings and (f) publish the minutes of meetings; and whether it is under a statutory requirement in each case.
Gareth Thomas: …The (Overseas Service Pensions Scheme) Advisory Board does not hold public meetings, conduct public consultation exercises, conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, or publish a register of members’ interests. It does, however, publish agendas for meetings and publish minutes of meetings under the terms of the overseas service pensions scheme’s *freedom of information* publication scheme.

27 October 2005

Debates
Affordable Housing (Cumbria)
Phil Woolas: …I wish that some of the newspapers that, under the *Freedom of Information* Act 2000 introduced by the Government, report the allowances of Members of Parliament, would point out that those of us who have second homes in fact voted to increase our own taxes quite substantially-I am not sure whether all Members realised what they were doing at the time.

25 October 2005
Written Answers – Health: Patient Records
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham, Con): To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust on sending confidential patient records to South Africa for processing.
Caroline Flint: …the confidentiality of patient information in these, as in all other circumstances. Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority has advised that the trust has followed guidelines published by the *information commissioner* and the European Union relating to the transfer of personal data outside the EU.

Written Answers – Transport: Departmental NDPBs
David Amess (Southend West, Con): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises, (c) conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, (d) publish a register of members’ interests, (e) publish agendas for meetings and (f) publish the minutes of meetings; and whether it is under a statutory requirement in each case.
Karen Buck: … The Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee publishes minutes of Main Committee meetings on its website at http://www.dptac.gov.uk/about.htmminutes, but this is not a statutory requirement. Minutes of other meetings may in some cases be available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

18 October 2005
Debates
Identity Cards Bill (Programme) (No. 3)
William Cash: …As the Minister well knows, the reality is that in the context of what the *Information Commissioner* said, this is about state surveillance. That is why I presented George Orwell’s book “1984” to the Home Secretary who, to his disgrace, is not here this afternoon…

Leave a Reply