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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: EU Council, Security and Middle East (1 September 2014)

Jack Straw: In an article that the Prime Minister wrote in The Daily Telegraph on 16 August, he spoke about the need to build alliances in the region, including, he said, perhaps even with Iran. Does he agree that, yes, while there is a negotiation to be had with Iran over the nuclear dossier, frankly, as he indicated, we need Iranian co-operation more than ever, as it is one of the few stable states in...

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Retirement of the Clerk of the House (16 July 2014)

Jack Straw: What did you say?

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Retirement of the Clerk of the House (16 July 2014)

Jack Straw: If I may, I will begin by paying tribute to the Leader of the House for his work as Foreign Secretary. The right hon. Gentleman will know from my interventions in the House that I have great admiration for the way in which he conducted that office and for his indefatigable energy. Few who have not held the office—still more who have not been married to one who has—appreciate its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Special Measures Regime (16 July 2014)

Jack Straw: Does the Secretary of State agree that it is a tribute to the new leadership of Professor Eileen Fairhurst, the chair of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, the other senior clinicians and managers, and the vast majority of staff at the trust, who are of a high quality, that the trust has been able to turn around and get out of special measures? Does he also accept that, as Professor Sir...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 July 2014)

Jack Straw: It is fundamental, is it not, that the holder of the office of Attorney-General should be fiercely independent, defend the rule of law and be ready to speak legal truth to power. Given the distinction and respect with which the holder of that office pursued that role, what possessed the Prime Minister to dismiss him yesterday?

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: My hon. Friend puts it much better than I did. That is the truth. We have a compressed programme and there will be complaints again about that, but the House usually rises in the middle of December, and if the Bill were to be repealed at the end of December and the House wanted proper time to consider this legislation, we would need to start on it in early November at least, which is only a...

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: Of course I accept that the public are concerned, but from my long experience they have a clear view of how to balance the interests of liberty and their own personal security—that is what this is about, not the security of the state—and they implicitly acknowledge that, although the systems that we have built up during the past 30 years may not be perfect, they do provide that...

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I will deal first with the point made by the hon. Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) and others about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. I was the Minister responsible for RIPA. It was a carefully constructed Act that was preceded in 1999 by a lengthy consultation process. Everybody recognised at the time that it was a major improvement on the legislative regime for intercepting...

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I do not know in precise detail. I used to know when I was responsible for these matters as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. Even when I was Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, when there were fewer telecommunications providers, the ones that were wholly UK-based inevitably had a different and closer relationship than those based overseas but which were providing telecommunications...

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: That is a matter for the Minister. Sometimes, companies do not wish to be named; sometimes they do. If they did wish to be named—they are not slow in coming forward in other respects to let us know their views—they would have named themselves.

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: If I started discussing the importance of the party system, I think Mr Hood would pull me up short. My hon. Friend knows that the party system is fundamental to the way our democracy operates. I was elected not as J. Straw, an individual of obvious talent, or not, but because I was a member of the Labour party. In doing that, I accepted and signed up for, among other things, the standing...

Bills Presented: Clause 6 — Commencement, duration, extent and short title (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: Apologies; as a relatively new Member, I was misled by my hon. Friend. I come back to the point of the amendment tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich East. I wish that we had had more extended debates on the Bill, stretching over a number of days, but that has not been available. There is some strength in the point made by the hon. Member for Cambridge. Let us say that the...

Bills Presented: Clause 4 — Extra-territoriality in Part 1 of RIPA (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: May I confirm, for the benefit of the Committee, that what the Minister has just said about the intention being that RIPA should extend extraterritorially in these respects is entirely accurate? If hon. Members look at RIPA itself, they will see that section 2(1), which provides definitions, states that “‘telecommunication system’ means any system (including the apparatus...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Simon Reevell), because although none of us remotely underestimates the difficulty of finding a proper balance between liberty and security—some might come down in different places on that—I say with respect to those who are criticising the data retention practice in the United Kingdom, rather than the policy of the EU, which is...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I am aware of that, but the right hon. and learned Gentleman will be the first to accept that there is a world of difference between something in a code and something in a Bill. I note that not one critic can find the words to commend the fact that this Government, with support from the Opposition, are going to strengthen provisions, rather than diminish them. As the right hon. and learned...

Bills Presented: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I thought I heard the right hon. Gentleman say that those who authorised communication data requests were the same people as those who checked it. I think that the right hon. Gentleman will find that that is not correct. There is a system of surveillance commissioners who are there to do the authorisation, and the checking is done separately.

Bills Presented: Miscellaneous (15 July 2014)

Jack Straw: I support the timetable motion and will briefly set out why. I have been in the position of having to bring forward emergency legislation. It is never easy, and I am ready to give the benefit of the doubt to the Home Secretary, because she would not have done this without good justification, and neither would my right hon. Friend the shadow Home Secretary remotely have agreed to it without...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (14 July 2014)

Jack Straw: The whole House condemns the killing of the three Israelis and the burning of the Palestinian, and none of us has any truck with Hamas. However, for all the vacuous words of the Israeli Government and the Israel defence forces spokesman, is it not clear that they have no regard for international humanitarian law; that they place a completely different and much lower value on Palestinian life...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Child Abuse (7 July 2014)

Jack Straw: While welcoming today’s announcements by the Home Secretary and the observations by her shadow, may I press her on the issue of record keeping? When I became Home Secretary, it became very clear to me—I was asking for information in a quite unrelated area—that there had been a downgrading of the archiving and record-keeping functions of the Home Office. I say that in a...

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