§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his answer of 19 March 2002,Official Report, column 188W, regarding the Data Protection Act 1998, since when his Department has conducted a review of the operation of the Data Protection Act 1998; and if he will place copies of the results of these reviews in the Library. 
§ Mr. Wills
The Government started an appraisal of the Data Protection Act 1998 in September 2000 with a public consultation exercise. The timing was geared to the European Commission's first report on the implementation of the EC Data Protection Directive which was due in October 2001. That report has been delayed, and the Government have deferred completion of the appraisal of the 1998 Act until its timing is clearer. In December 2001 the Government published a summary of the responses to the September 2000 consultation. I am placing a copy in the Library.