Student data: linkage and use of personal data under Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

Please accept this request under your obligations of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

With reference to part 6 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015... and provision of "destinations data" to higher education institutions in England and Wales, and using as a sample only the most recent time period, please provide:

1) a sample original copy of the format in which data was most recently returned to the institutions showing only but all the field names supplied, not the data itself, in one example of what the most complete a return could be.

2) the sources of the data provided. (ie HMRC, DWP and the database name).

3) the number of individuals' data provided under the concept of 'destination information' to institutions in England and Wales within the further education sector.

4) break this down by institution name.

5) Please confirm that this data is on an individual level and that no small numbers suppression is applied as these data are not supplied as statistics but at individal level.

I would ask for this in the format it is easiest to provide, for example, an excel spreadsheet with tables, and the original return format for (1) either as a file or as a pdf showing the complete template.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dear Ms Persson,

Thank you for your request below to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

This department does not hold the information you are requesting. The most appropriate department to respond to your request is the Department for Education (Destination Measures Team, Education Data Division). If you have not done so already, we advise that you submit your request to DfE. Details on how to submit your request to DfE can be found at - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... .

Kind Regards,

Information Rights Unit

1 Victoria Street, London SWIH 0ET
www.gov.uk/beis | https://twitter.com/beisgovuk

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Dear FOI Requests,
thank you for the reply. I refer to Nick Boles' evidence given In January 2016, to committee as Minister for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidenc...
(page 23 of 24)

"We did a huge study of more than half a million data points, matching up people who had completed level
2 and 3 apprenticeships and their incomes three to five years later. It was the first time this had ever been available. For some reason, we were able to do it with our data in a way that was not yet—though it
is now—possible with education data."

I would be grateful if you can consider the request again, and provide the information as was relevant for the Department as he expressed in January 2016.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dear Ms Persson,

Thank you for your email dated 13 December.

Due to the recent Machinery of Government changes, responsibility for the information you have requested now falls under the Department for Education (Destination Measures Team, Education Data Division).

This department does not hold the information you are requesting. If you have not done so already, we advise that you submit your request to DfE. Details on how to submit your request to DfE can be found at - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit
Finance and Corporate Services Group
Digital Directorate
[BEIS request email]
1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET
www.gov.uk/beis | https://twitter.com/beisgovuk

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Dear FOI Requests,
I appreciate the quick response and recommendation.
Thank you.

Sincerely,
Jen Persson

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