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Letting Agent Fees and Deposits: Private Rented Sector (3 May 2016)

Marcus Jones: ...about having statutory tenancies longer than the usual six or 12-month ones. As I said at the outset, the average tenancy is sustained for a period of four years, and the Government are not currently looking to change that. My hon. Friend will know, I am sure, that the model tenancies brought forward by the Government over the past few years have been extremely successful and have been...

Housing and Planning Bill: Neighbourhood right of appeal (3 May 2016)

Anne Marie Morris: ...them. I hope that the Minister will consider this issue, as it is perfectly possible to introduce a community right of appeal. That is not the same thing as a third-party right of appeal, and I am sure that he could come up with something that would work and not stop the building programme. In defending his position, the Minister said that the community has a voice through the local...

Black and Minority Ethnic People: Workplace Issues - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2016)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...his great-niece managed to escape our clutches. She also paid tribute to her Secretary of State but of course we have the wonderful Sadiq Khan, for whom we have great hopes later this week. I am sure he will be a grand role model in future. I pay tribute to the expertise, experience and, for some, the long record of those who have contributed today. The difficulties faced by BME people are...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Chris Philp: ...it is quite right that they should now be implemented nationally. Local issues will be fully accounted for via the 20% discount on the open market value, which will reflect local housing need. There is more that I could say, but I am sure that we all want to hear from the Minister. I support the Government’s position on the amendments and look forward to supporting them in the Lobby.

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Discharge of the powers, duties and functions: obligations (3 May 2016)

Keir Starmer: ...not lodged where we thought they had been lodged and therefore, at 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock at night, the team upstairs was working to find the amendments, put them back in the proper order and make sure that we had them for the next day’s deliberations. It was not just what we might consider the ordinary working hours.

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Retention of Communications data (3 May 2016)

Joanna Cherry: .... If an ISP has a couple of dozen subscribers, two or three of which are actively involved in operating the network, data retention has a very different flavour.” That is very often the position in rural and far-flung communities. It is like asking neighbour to spy on neighbour. I am sure that is not what the Government intend, but the new clause would spell that out. It would give...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Warrants: notification by Judicial Commissioner (3 May 2016)

Robert Buckland: ...it would essentially require the techniques that they use in specific cases to be made public. That cannot be in the public interest. It would assist terrorists and criminals in their operations, which I am sure cannot be the intention behind the amendment. Furthermore, the commissioner can delay notification only on the basis of serious crime rather than of crime generally, meaning that...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Commencement, extent and short title (3 May 2016)

John Hayes: ...before its draft incarnation and since. It has now had considerable scrutiny by the Committee, and will no doubt continue to be scrutinised as it progresses through its further stages. I am therefore not sure a sunset clause is appropriate. The hon. and learned Lady is well aware of the three independent reviews that preceded the publication of the Bill, and of the three Committees of this...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Telecommunications definitions (3 May 2016)

Robert Buckland: .... The aim of the amendment appears to be to prevent a public authority from obtaining third-party data and to prevent a communications service provider from being required to retain those data. I am not sure that the amendment achieves that desired outcome. It would remove third-party data from one element but not from all elements of the definition of communications data. I do not think...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Review of operation of Act (3 May 2016)

Keir Starmer: ...State must take into account reports of the independent reviewer in addition to those of Select Committees? While that is not precisely what the new clause would achieve, and while I am absolutely sure that any Secretary of State would do that in any event, it would weave in an element of the new clause’s intention. It would not presuppose that there would necessarily be a report,...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Maintenance of technical capability (3 May 2016)

Robert Buckland: ...have the effect of inhibiting law enforcement agencies and the security and intelligence services from working constructively with tele- communications operators as the technology develops. I am sure that that is not the intention of the amendment. Depending on the individual company and the individual circumstances, it may be entirely sensible for the Government to work with a company to...

Trade Union Bill - Commons Amendments (3 May 2016)

Lord King of Bridgwater: ...as soon as possible to ensure that this guidance is acted upon”. That guidance was satisfactory to me and to the Government because it made it clear that every affiliated union had given an undertaking that it would make sure that all its members were properly informed of what their rights were in these matters. The guidance ended with the statement: “It is particularly...

Transparency and Accountability (European Union) (3 May 2016)

Caroline Lucas: ...makes peace more likely. We cannot wish away the EU’s problems, however, and nor can we simply urge people to love it because of its history of peace making. Instead, we must be bold in reforming how the EU works and making sure that our constituents have more of a say over what happens at EU level. Data suggest that British people are among the least knowledgeable about the EU. That...

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: National security notices (3 May 2016)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that indication, but I am not sure why that is an argument for not subjecting what could be a wide-ranging power to the double-lock mechanism, which has been the preferred safeguard for such powers in the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Combination of warrants and authorisations (3 May 2016)

Keir Starmer: ...notwithstanding that there is a combined warrant—in other words, none of the safeguards is lost by virtue of the combination—and the duration of the shortest warrant will apply. I am pretty sure that that is the intention, but it would be helpful to have that to confirmed for the record, so that we are clear that none of the safeguards is lost when warrants are combined.

Public Bill Committee: Investigatory Powers Bill: Payments towards certain compliance costs (3 May 2016)

Keir Starmer: ...among providers about what they will be expected to do by way of compliance and what the cost will be. It may be convenient for the Minister to deal with the estimated costs, because 170 million was mentioned at one stage but I am not sure that that is a final figure as far as the Government are concerned.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (3 May 2016)

Alistair Burt: ...inquiry is not necessarily the right answer. More work might be necessary, but I need to consider that in relation to further work being done at the trust. On preventable deaths, as I made clear in my statement, I am sure that not enough attention has been given to those cases that require further investigation across the system, often dating back many years and preceding this Government....

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (3 May 2016)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...an MP should have some form of enhanced due diligence. Of course, there is a huge range that can take place within enhanced due diligence. The point of the amendment and the regulations will be to make sure that there is a true difference. A Back-Bench Peer who may not have the position to influence corrupt acts—although every Peer and MP has access to people, so they are not exactly...

Aleppo (3 May 2016)

Tobias Ellwood: ...for the significant number of deaths of people in the country of all religions, particularly the Sunnis. That is why we call on Russia to use its influence to bring Assad to account and to make sure that we can get access. Following the previous ceasefire, we gained access to about a third of the areas that we could not previously get to. We hope that we can unlock the situation and get...

Prison Safety - Question (3 May 2016)

Lord Faulks: ...and they should be advised, where necessary, of the possibility of compassionate release—either permanent release or release for particular events. This is a matter of importance and I will be sure to convey the noble Baroness’s concern.


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