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Statement made on 27 November 2017

Statement UIN HCWS272


Information supplied by the Data Modernisation Division of the Department for Education has been identified as containing incorrect facts in the response provided to three Parliamentary Questions from the Honourable Member for Brighton Pavilion concerning the volume of children’s records passed onto the police and the Home Office (PQ48634, PQ48635 and PQ52645) and in figures quoted during a House of Lords Debate on the 31 of October 2016 on the Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016.

Following the identification of this issue, the accuracy of all previously supplied figures relating to these uses of National Pupil Database have also been checked. Rigorous new processes have now been put in place to ensure the robustness of all current and future figures.

In response to PQ48634 and PQ48635, the correct figures are that 33 access requests of the NPD data were made by the Police during the period in question and 16 of these resulted in data being shared. Information about 62 pupils was shared.

In response to PQ48634 and PQ48635, the correct figures are that during the period in question, requests relating to a total of 2,461 individuals had been made by the Home Office to DfE and 531 records had been identified within DfE data and returned.

In response to PQ 52645 the correct figures are that 531 records sent to the Home Office were related to pupils and 1,930 of 2,461 requests were not returned due to DfE not being able to find a match within the NPD for those records.

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Department for Education
Lord Agnew of Oulton
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 27 November 2017