§ Mr. Cohen
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many subject access requests under the terms of the Data Protection Act his Department has received; what was his estimate of this number; whether he is reconsidering the subject access fee charged by his Department as a result; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
By 1 March the Department had received 1,197 subject access inquiries, 1,185 were inquiries made of the Driver and 'Vehicle Licensing Centres' 78 million driver and vehicle licence records held there on computer. 270,000 transactions are handled each day at the centre. No prior estimate had been made of the number of subject access inquiries. We have no plans to reconsider the levels of fees charged.