HC Deb 26 June 1989 vol 155 c342W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his reply,Official Report, 25 May, column 673, whether he will seek to amend the Football Supporters Bill so that police, security services, Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise cannot obtain personal data from the football membership scheme for purposes unconnected with the operation of the scheme.

Mr. Moynihan

No. The Data Protection Registrar has advised that section 28(3) of the Data Protection Act 1984 provides for the disclosure of information where the data user concerned is satisfied that this is necessary for crime prevention or tax collection purposes. As I explained to the hon. Member on 25 May at column673, I cannot envisage circumstances in which the Football Membership Authority—as the data user—would be asked to disclose information about members of the national membership scheme for purposes unconnected with the scheme. I do not therefore see a case for amending the Football Spectators Bill as the hon. Member suggests.