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Immigration: Disclosure of Information

Question for Treasury

UIN 174258, tabled on 23 March 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HMRC has taken to share Highly Skilled Tier 1 (General) migrant data with the Home Office for indefinite leave to remain decisions.

Answered on

13 April 2021

Where legally permitted and proportionate, HMRC undertake to share data with the Home Office (HO) under the relevant legislation and where requested by HO, which is governed by a single Partnership Agreement.

The Partnership Agreement sets out the framework under which HMRC and HO work together. Under this partnership agreement, HMRC may undertake to share data where there is a Data Usage Agreement (DUA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose outlined within the agreements.

These documents are signed off by both departments and outline the approved legal gateway for the data share, the purpose of the data share, how the data will be used, what data is to be shared and how, data security obligations, and data retention policy.

HMRC have extensive senior governance in place to assure that DUAs adhere to legal requirements and are proportionate in their requests. All DUAs are assessed under relevant legislation and are reviewed under a regular schedule. Secure data transfer infrastructure is in place for data exchange, and data is only permitted to be used for the agreed purpose.

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