§ 84. Mr. Michael Spicer
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what plans 122W he has to ensure that there is no centralisation or cross-departmental amalgamation of the various personal data bases now being created by individual Government Departments and other public bodies.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
As was made clear in the supplement to the 1975 White Paper, "Computers: Safeguards for Privacy" (Cmnd. 6354), the Government have no intention of allowing the computer systems under their control to be linked together to produce a centralised or amalgamated data base. Limited transfers of personal information take place between Government Departments and other public bodies for specific and well-defined purposes. These transfers were listed in the 1975 White Paper supplement, and an updated list will be published shortly with the report of the Data Protection committee.