HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 c69W
Mr. Pound

To ask the Prime Minister what additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit. [134322]

The Prime Minister

I have asked the Performance and Innovation Unit to undertake a further project looking at privacy and data-sharing issues in the delivery of Government services.

Privacy and the protection of personal information has increased in importance with developments in IT. Data-sharing is a key to modernising government, to facilitating seamless electronic delivery of government services, to reducing fraud against government, and to encouraging e-commerce. This project will analyse a broad range of issues involved in privacy and data-sharing, including current government, private sector and international practices; structural and technological issues; public concerns; and the current legal parameters. The Performance and Innovation Unit aim to complete a report by early next year.

My noble Friend Lord Falconer of Thoroton is the Sponsor Minister.