I have to ask the Minister to address the Wilson doctrine just to this extent. Given the statutory provision which he and I both now support, what kind of statement does he envisage would be made by a Prime Minister to the House of Commons on the lines first envisaged by Harold Wilson so long ago? How can that possibly be a relevant proceeding now that these statutory provisions will be in place?
My Lords, I am very glad the noble Baroness has tabled this amendment because it enables us to clarify the extension of the things we were discussing on telephone interception into this area, which the Government are now seeking to ensure is covered in other respects and that the same principles should apply. Having said that, I am inclined to agree with the noble Lord, Lord Murphy, that what...
An innocent citizen could be the subject of training or testing equipment interference under paragraphs (d) or (e). Are these not legitimate questions to ask on behalf of such a citizen? If it is established that there was a risk, albeit a relatively small one, who will make the judgment that it is reasonable to expose the person, his equipment and his privacy to that risk?
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Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 23 November 2015
Previously MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 8 November 1973 — unknown
Also represented Berwick-upon-Tweed
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Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Trade and Industry
- Unpaid Advisers
- Public Records
- Parliamentary Advisers
- Project Sponsorship
Currently held offices
- Member, Constitution Committee (since 25 May 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- Chair, National Policy Statements Sub-Committee (21 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons) (21 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (13 Jan 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate) (13 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Chair, Justice Committee (6 Nov 2007 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (5 Nov 2007 to 8 Nov 2007)
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (9 Oct 2006 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (4 Feb 2003 to 21 Jul 2010)
- Chair, Constitutional Affairs Committee (4 Feb 2003 to 5 Nov 2007)
- Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (28 Jan 2003 to 4 Feb 2003)
- Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (30 Jul 2001 to 24 Nov 2008)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) (1 Jun 2001 to 1 Jun 2002)
- Member, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1 Jan 2001 to 24 May 2005)
- Member, Procedure Committee (14 Feb 2000 to 11 May 2001)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jan 1995 to 1 Jan 1997)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) (1 Jan 1994 to 1 Jun 1999)
- Member, Treasury & Civil Service Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 28 Nov 1994)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) (1 Jan 1987 to 1 Jun 1994)
- Member, Privileges Committee (14 May 1986 to 15 May 1987)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jan 1985 to 1 Jan 1987)
- Member, House of Commons (Services): Accomodation & Administration Sub-Committee (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
- Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (9 Jun 1983 to 5 Dec 1985)
- Member, Committee of Selection (1 Nov 1978 to 9 Jun 1983)
- Member, Procedure Committee (1 Nov 1978 to 15 May 1987)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jan 1976 to 1 Jan 1987)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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- Has spoken in 234 debates since joining Parliament — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Beith’s speeches
- Has received answers to 39 written questions since joining Parliament — well above average amongst Lords.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 80.46% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — well above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 117 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
- This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 19–20 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 10 times in debates — below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
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