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Explanatory Memorandum to Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Supply of information held by student support authority

36.Article 13 permits the Department to make regulations allowing student support authorities to supply information collected in connection with the operation of the student support scheme to prescribed persons, with the consent of the individuals in relation to whom information is to be supplied. The intention is to be able to simplify the interactions of citizens with other government or higher education authorities. The regulations will specify the conditions under which information may be supplied including what information may be supplied and the authority to which it may be supplied. They may also specify further constraints such as restrictions on passing on information received and the manner in which consent must be obtained.

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