Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 20th June 2012.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 11:30 am, 20th June 2012

It differs enormously, because the previous Government’s proposal was to hold all data in a central database. Our proposal would require providers to hold on to their data. He uses the catchphrase, “a snoopers’ charter”, but it is designed to be a criminals’ nightmare. If we do not update our ability to detect terrorism and criminality in this country, that will have a very serious effect, so I encourage the hon. Gentleman to look at this in detail. It is very important for maintaining law and order in the UK.