§ Mrs. Ellman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he is making towards bringing the Data Protection Act 1998 into force. 
§ Mr. Straw
We are making good progress in preparing the large amount of subordinate legislation needed to complete the regime created by the 1998 Act. We intend to make the drafts of the instruments available on the Internet in due course. We hope to bring the new regime into force by the end of June or as soon thereafter as we can.