§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date her Department received a request for documents under the Data Protection Act 1984 from Lord Ashcroft; on what dates her Department replied to the request; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The Data Protection Act 1998 prohibits disclosure of personal data to a third party without the consent of the individual concerned. The position is recognised by the exemption in the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information covering statutory and other restrictions.