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Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 March 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I gave my noble friend the Minister advance notice of my questions. He has made a very good attempt at answering them and I thank him for that. Obviously, the devil will be in the detail of the code of practice. I will very gladly accept his invitation to come and discuss that with him. Clearly, we will all return to this subject in the new Parliament when the Anderson review is...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 March 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, when this Bill was last debated in another place, the Home Office rejected a new clause tabled by Julian Huppert and backed by cross-party Back-Benchers that was very similar to this Amendment 11 but had a number of key differences. My amendment seeks to probe the justification, if there is any, for the Government’s omission of those provisions. The first of these relates to...

Gambling: Fixed-odds Betting Machines — Question for Short Debate (24 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: I thank my noble friend for giving way. He says that he cannot predict the effect of these changes. Let me help him. Changing the planning law will have no effect on the existing betting shops.

Gambling: Fixed-odds Betting Machines — Question for Short Debate (24 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, since confessions seem to be the fashion, I will admit to liking a little flutter myself. In this matter, there are many knowns and a few unknowns. We know that FOBTs are different from all other gambling machines on the high street because their maximum stake is 50 times higher, 100 as opposed to 2. This makes them suitable for addictive casino games, mainly roulette,...

Gambling: Fixed-odds Betting Machines — Question for Short Debate (24 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: I think the noble Lord will find that although the total numbers are not changing very much, they are migrating towards the poorest areas.

Written Answers — Home Office: Electronic Surveillance (12 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendation from the Interception of Communications Commissioner that judicial authorisation is obtained in cases where communications data are sought to determine the source of journalistic information, whether they intend to implement the recommendation; and, if so, when.

Gambling: Fixed-odds Betting Terminals — Question (9 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mitigate the misuse of fixed-odds betting terminals in betting shops.

Gambling: Fixed-odds Betting Terminals — Question (9 February 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, one man recently laundered nearly 1 million in drug money through these machines in Coral betting shops in the north-east. Can my noble friend the Minister explain why the Government’s rather feeble plan to set the maximum stake to 50 or 100 will make any difference at all to money laundering or to the extensive gambling addiction that these machines cause,...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (26 January 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I confess that I do not really know where to start. I think it is true that all the previous speakers are former members of what I would call the security establishment: they are former policemen, former Home Office Ministers or former spies—I am not sure in which category I would put the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong. I think I am the first to speak more as an individual and a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Electronic Surveillance (2 December 2014)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Acts of Parliament prohibit the use of international mobile subscriber identity catchers to monitor and jam mobile devices in a locality.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Electronic Surveillance (11 November 2014)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how official police use of international mobile subscriber identity catchers is authorised.

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 October 2014)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, it has been an interesting debate. The House seems to have one view and the Minister seems to have another. I thank noble Lords who have partaken in the debate: my noble friends Lord Black and Lord Thomas, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Cohen and Lady Smith. I do not think that the Minister was listening to what I said. Everyone outside the Home Office and the Foreign Office knows...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (28 October 2014)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, Amendment 49B seeks to repair a serious flaw in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, a defect that has emerged only recently. Your Lordships will recall that many people inside and outside this House have been warning for years that RIPA as a whole is not fit for purpose because, among other things, its scope is far too broad; it has large built-in loopholes; its...

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Committee (17 July 2014)

Lord Strasburger: For the past year or so, the Minister has resisted all the efforts by me and others to engage in a conversation or debate on these matters. I congratulate him on his sudden and total conversion to the idea that there should be a national debate and a review of RIPA.

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Second Reading (16 July 2014)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I start my contribution to this debate with the words of Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to the colonial Government more than 250 years ago: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”. Having said that, nobody in this House more than I wants the people of this country to be safe—to be safe...

Press Regulation — Question (2 April 2014)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords—

Intelligence and Security Committee — Question (4 March 2014)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, the Americans have been vigorously debating surveillance and the internet for more than six months. Yesterday the shadow Home Secretary joined in, and today the Deputy Prime Minister made an excellent contribution. When will the Home Office and the Foreign Office abandon their pretence that all is well and that there is nothing to discuss?

Project Tempora — Question (20 November 2013)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister first authorised GCHQ’s Project Tempora; when that happened; and why they did not disclose the existence of Project Tempora to the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill.

Project Tempora — Question (20 November 2013)

Lord Strasburger: I thank my noble friend for the Answer that she was required to give. In a democracy, wholesale untargeted state intrusion into the private lives of all the people, such as Project Tempora, is unacceptable unless it has the informed consent of the people via their Parliament. However, Parliament has not been informed and has not given its consent to Tempora; nor has the Cabinet, the National...

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