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Results 1–20 of 68 for speaker:Lord Strasburger

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, shortly after being introduced to this House I had the temerity to start raising concerns about the plethora of unfit legislation covering digital surveillance powers and the ineffective controls and oversight over their use. Initially, my questions in this Chamber were met with a mixture of stonewalling by Ministers and ridicule from certain noble Lords connected to the security...

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: It will come. I am gratified to see that all parts of the House now recognise that the current laws are hopelessly flawed and that we need to start with a clean sheet of paper to build a fresh legislative framework to cover this important and contentious area. When I start to read this 370-page document I shall do so in the hope that the detail can live up to the billing the Home Secretary...

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: I shall save my questions for the Select Committee, but in the mean time I shall ask just one. What is the timetable for the forming of the Joint Committee and when do the Government hope to receive its report?

Cybersecurity: Encryption — Question (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for the use of the strongest encryption standards online, with no back door access, in order to protect the integrity of the global digital infrastructure for all organisations and citizens who rely on it.

Cybersecurity: Encryption — Question (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I am reassured that the noble Baroness understands how absolutely essential strong encryption is for the integrity of everyday online activities such as banking, retailing, financial trading and also the conduct of government business. Strangely, Mr Cameron does not seem to get it yet, having three times said that he intends to ban any communication “we cannot read”,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Expert Committee on Pesticides (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Expert Committee on Pesticides has not published the agenda for its meeting on 7 July and the minutes of its meeting on 20 May; and what involvement they had, if any, in the decision not to publish those documents.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Scientific Advisers (16 Sep 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds scientific advisory committees may choose not to publish their agendas and minutes; and what assessment they have made of whether such grounds comply with the need for transparency set out in the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Government Departments: Marketing (14 Sep 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times this year the Department for Work and Pensions has published invented quotes and stock images purporting to be from and of real benefits claimants; and to what extent other government departments engage in similar practices.

Wilson Doctrine — Question (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which methods of communication used by members of either House of Parliament are not presently subject to the Wilson doctrine.

Wilson Doctrine — Question (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, David Anderson’s recent report confirmed what we already knew from Edward Snowden—namely, that, every day, GCHQ is hoovering up the private data of millions of innocent citizens without the informed consent of Parliament. Can the Minister explain how the Government manage to comply with the Wilson doctrine by excluding the private data of parliamentarians when they are...

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I am reluctant to delay us on an evening when there are some transport problems, but it may have slipped the Minister’s mind that I asked him a question concerning how the Government slipped through powers giving themselves the right to hack into computers and phones without any reference to or discussion in Parliament.

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, on behalf of those who sit on these Benches, I start by paying tribute to the dedicated and highly successful performance of the police and the agencies in keeping the people of this country safe from terrorism. While each successful attack is a severe personal tragedy for those involved and their families, we should reflect with some satisfaction on the fact that half way through...

Communications Data — Question (17 Jun 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, there are half a dozen or so civil liberties organisations that could greatly assist the Government in coming up with a balanced investigatory powers Bill. Which civil liberties organisations have the Government consulted?

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, we live in dangerous times—the danger of imported terrorism from various parts of the world; threats from newly aggressive Russia and China; and danger from rogue nuclear states such as Iran and North Korea. However, the biggest peril we face is losing, or throwing away, the freedoms, liberty, privacy and lifestyle that have set this country apart from others in the...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 Mar 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 Mar 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 Feb 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 Feb 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,...


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