Ten-minute-rule Bill aims to loosen Data Protection Act

Tory MP Mark Francois has introduced the Data Protection (Amendment) Bill to Parliament, in a bid to prompt changes to existing...

Tory MP Mark Francois has introduced the Data Protection (Amendment) Bill to Parliament, in a bid to prompt changes to existing legislation which hamper MPs' constituency work.

He is concerned that the current Data Protection Act is too strict when it comes to MPs seeking help and advice for the voters they represent.

Although his Ten-minute-rule Bill is unlikely to become law, the Rayleigh MP hopes the Government will take up its ideas. Francois told the House of Commons, "I believe that this Bill touches on an issue that is of current interest to members in all parts of the house.

"The background to the Bill is the gradual coming into force of the Data Protection Act 1998.

"As a result of that legislation, some organisations and companies - and public bodies such as local authorities and NHS trusts - are beginning to respond negatively to individual casework inquiries by members of Parliament on the grounds of access to confidential personal data under the Data Protection Act."

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