Data protection breaches by national news publishers

Part of Data Protection Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 2:30 pm, 15th May 2018

I will not venture into this attempt to rewrite the British constitution to stop the House of Lords giving the Commons the right to consider things a further time; we will save that for another day. On the important matter of regulation, does the Secretary of State agree that the key point is that institutions such as a free press need independent regulation, as other great institutions in the country do? It might be set up by statute, but it needs to be independent. That it is set up by statute does not mean it will be run by Ministers in a politically biased fashion. That argument could be used to dismiss many other respected regulatory bodies in all kinds of areas across the country.