Citation, commencement and interpretation

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This Order may be cited as the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007 (Prescription of Information) Order 2007 and shall come into force on 13th July 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 13 July 2007: see above.

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In this Order, “the Act” means the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 13 July 2007: see art 1.

Prescription of information: social security information and war pensions information

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Prescription of information: “social security information” and “war pensions information”3

(1)    Information of a description given in paragraph (3) is prescribed, in relation to the Secretary of State, as—

(a)    “social security information” for the purposes of section 1(1) of the Act (which permits disclosure of social security information by the Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland department to certain bodies in connection with switchover help functions); and

(b)    “war pensions information” for the purposes of section 1(2) of the Act (which permits disclosure of war pensions information by the Secretary of State to certain bodies in connection with switchover help functions).

(2)    Information of a description given in paragraph (3) is prescribed, in relation to the Northern Ireland department, as “social security information” for the purposes of section 1(1) of the Act.

(3)    The information referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) is—

(a)    in relation to a qualifying individual—

(i)    his name and any alias;

(ii)    his date of birth;

(iii)    his address;

(iv)    his national insurance number;

(v)    whether he lives in a care home or an independent hospital;

(vi)    the name, any alias and address of a person appointed to act on his behalf; and

(vii)    whether the individual is entitled to receive assistance free of charge under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme;

(b)    where a qualifying individual—

(i)    is entitled to receive assistance free of charge under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme,

(ii)    is a member of a couple, and

(iii)    his partner in that couple is also a qualifying individual,

the national insurance number of that partner; and

(c)    in a case where an individual who was a qualifying individual has died, that fact and the date on which he died.

(4)    In this article—

“care home”—

(a)    in relation to England and Wales has the meaning given to it by section 3 of the Care Standards Act 2000;

(b)    in relation to Scotland means any establishment providing a care home service, as that expression is defined by section 2(3) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001; and

(c)    in relation to Northern Ireland means any residential or care home as those terms are defined by Article 10 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003;

“couple” means—

(a)    a man and woman who are married to each other and normally live at the same address;

(b)    a man and woman who are not married to each other but normally live together at the same address as husband and wife;

(c)    two people of the same sex who are civil partners of each other and normally live at the same address; or

(d)    two people of the same sex who are not civil partners of each other but normally live together at the same address as if they were civil partners;

“Digital Switchover Help Scheme” means the agreement made on 30th April 2007 between the Secretary of State and the BBC in pursuance of the BBC Charter and Agreement;

“independent hospital”—

(a)    in relation to England and Wales, has the meaning given to it by section 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000;

(b)    in relation to Scotland, means an independent healthcare service as defined in section 2(5)(a) and (b) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001; and

(c)    in relation to Northern Ireland, means an independent hospital as defined in article 2(2) of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003;

“partner” means a member of a couple; and

“qualifying individual” means an individual who is entitled to a benefit listed in clause 8(1)(b)(i) of the Digital Switchover Help Scheme, or who is aged 73 years or over, or both.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 13 July 2007: see art 1.

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Prescription of information: visual impairment information

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Prescription of information: “visual impairment information”4

(1)    Information of a description given in paragraph (2) is prescribed in relation to a local authority and a Health and Social Services Board, as “visual impairment information” for the purposes of section 1(3) of the Act (which permits disclosure of visual impairment information by a local authority or a Health and Social Services Board to certain bodies in connection with switchover help functions).

(2)    The information referred to in paragraph (1) is, in relation to an individual who is registered as blind or partially sighted—

(a)    his name and any alias;

(b)    his date of birth;

(c)    his address;

(d)    the name, any alias and address of a person appointed to act on his behalf;

(e)    his preferred method for receiving communications from the local authority or, as the case may be, the Health and Social Services Board; and

(f)    in a case where the individual has died, that fact and the date on which he died.

(3)    For the purposes of this article a person is registered as blind or partially sighted if he—

(a)    is registered as blind or partially sighted in a register maintained by or on behalf of a local authority in England or Wales under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 (welfare services);

(b)    has been certified as blind or partially sighted in Scotland and in consequence is registered as blind or partially sighted in a register maintained by or on behalf of a local authority in Scotland; or

(c)    has been certified as blind in Northern Ireland and in consequence is registered as blind in a register maintained by or on behalf of a Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 13 July 2007: see art 1.

Signature

Shaun Woodward

Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

20th June 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order, made under the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007 (c 8) (“the Act”) prescribes the descriptions of information that the Secretary of State, the Northern Ireland department and a local authority or, in Northern Ireland, a Health and Social Services Board may supply pursuant to the Act for the purposes of help to be provided to individuals under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme (as defined in article 3(4)). The Digital Switchover Help Scheme (Cm 7118) can be obtained from The Stationery Office (TSO) or the following website: www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk.