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Health and Data Ministers to face questions on data sharing plans

31 May 2022

Health Minister Lord Kamall and Data Minister Julia Lopez will face questions from the Commons Science and Technology Committee, in the final session of its inquiry into the right to privacy: digital data.

Purpose of the session

MPs will examine the Government’s proposals to share NHS health data for research and innovation, including the recent Goldacre review, and the Government’s proposals to change data protection law, expected in the Data Reform Bill.

The Committee will also question the Information Commissioner, the National Statistician and the heads of the bodies within Government responsible for the trustworthy use of citizens’ data. The session will scrutinise the Government’s approach to sharing citizens’ data across the public sector and with industry, with a focus on the privacy concerns, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the lessons from the stalled roll-out of the programme to link patients’ GP data last year.


Panel 1 (9.00am):  

  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician and Chief Executive at UK Statistics Authority; and
  • John Edwards, Information Commissioner. 

Panel 2 (at approx. 9.45am): 

  • Lord Kamall, Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences, Department for Health and Social Care; and
  • Dr Mark Toal, Deputy Director of Research Systems, National Institute for Health Research. 

Panel 3 (at approx. 10.30am):  

  • Felicity Burch, Executive Director, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and
  • Joanna Davinson, Executive Director, Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), Cabinet Office. 

Panel 4 (at approx. 11.00am): 

  • Julia Lopez, Minister for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and
  • Jenny Hall, Interim Director for Data Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Further information

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