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Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (25 Mar 2013)

Lord Allan of Hallam: My Lords, I want to make some similar points to those just made by the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, and in doing so I should like to declare an interest. I work for Facebook, which is a website operator. The points around definition have been made effectively in the scope of the amendments and in the comments of my noble friend Lord Lucas. They exemplify how hard it is to define anything in...

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Lord Allan of Hallam: The right way is to keep Clause 5 as it is currently drafted. The Government have done a good job in drafting the scope of this defence as an additional measure to those currently available under the e-commerce directive. It makes sense to have this additional defence. My concern is that Amendment 11 would be an additional burden and further restrict the defence only to websites that have the...

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Lord Allan of Hallam: My Lords, in speaking to Amendment 11, I declare an interest in that my day job is working for Facebook-a company that operates a website. I think that there are some challenges around this proposal. In Grand Committee, in response to amendments proposed by the noble Baroness and her colleagues, we discussed the variety of web services and websites that exist today, and that is where I think...

Treasure Act 1996 — Question (11 Nov 2010)

Lord Allan of Hallam: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware of the valuable work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in recording important archaeological information about finds under the Treasure Act, such as with this helmet. Can she give the House any assurances about the future funding and management of the Portable Antiquities Scheme?

Comprehensive Spending Review: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (1 Nov 2010)

Lord Allan of Hallam: My Lords, I thank all those officials and Members who have helped our class of 2010 to have such a smooth and warm introduction to the House. I wish the officials in particular well with the class of 2010B, which I understand may soon follow. In choosing this debate for my maiden speech, I am conscious that I have to work to two constraints: first, to be concise, a quality which I am sure is...

Education Bill [Lords] (7 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: I apologise to the House for arriving a little late and missing the first couple of minutes of the debate. I am unfamiliar with the hectic pace of legislation at this stage of parliamentary proceedings, being more used to the sedentary pace that we normally have. Having said that, speed has characterised the passage of the Bill. I was appointed to the Standing Committee expecting to take over...

Drugs Bill: Clause 3 — Drug Offence Searches: England and Wales (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: It would not make sense to oppose amendments that seek to correct an error that unfortunately crept into the Bill. Like the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats have not sought to oppose the Bill. We believe that it helps to take the law forward in respect of drugs, although we may have some disagreements about where we should go with drugs policy thereafter. However, the amendments make perfect...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 3 — Exposing Vehicles for Sale on a Road (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: We are keen to see the Bill on the statute book because it includes some important environmental protection measures. Its passage was a little dubious earlier, but it now seems that it will get there tonight. The Minister said that the Government are happy to accept the amendment, and we too support it. My hon. Friends also pointed out the problem, and I am sure that the residents of Seven...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 101 — Statutory Nuisance: Insects (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: These Lords amendments were very much welcomed by my colleagues here and in another place. The issue was of concern to us, so the fact that the Government have accepted its substance is important. I have come late to the Bill, so I have been given briefings on what has gone on before, and they tell me that the statement that I need to make is that we are very grateful on behalf of all rare...

Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]: Clause 20 — Short Title, Interpretation, Commencement and Extent (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: I have arrived at the Bill late in the day because of the unavoidable absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Paul Holmes) who, like many other Members, is elsewhere because of events that appear to be starting in constituencies. I place on record my thanks to him for the work that he has put into the Bill, and his thanks to the Minister, the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr....

Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]: Clause 18 — Meaning of "Disability" (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: I do not wish to delay the Committee for long this afternoon because we have a lot of other business to deal with, but I simply want to place on record the concerns that remain among Liberal Democrat Members about another aspect of clause 18: the ability to prevent, by regulation, certain types of cancer from falling within the Bill's scope. I understand that the issue was debated at some...

Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]: Clause 18 — Meaning of "Disability" (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: The amendment tabled in the other place also received the support of my colleagues as we felt that the circumstances of people with depression should be acknowledged more clearly in the Bill. We accept that helpful progress has been made, as the Minister said, in the context of people with mental health conditions. It has been accepted that mental illness no longer needs to be clinically...

Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]: [Sir Michael Lord in the Chair] (6 Apr 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: My hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Paul Holmes) raised similar concerns on Second Reading. Hon. Members from both sides of the Committee fully support the Bill and do not want to see it obstructed, although Liberal Democrat Members have raised concerns about its late arrival in this Parliament. If we are to make the best of a bad job today by using the time as effectively as we can,...

Adjournment (Easter) (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: It feels like only yesterday that I was standing here making my maiden speech, and in parliamentary terms it was, as it was only eight years ago. However, like other hon. Members who have spoken today, I am grateful for the opportunity to make my final speech, as I am also planning my escape at the next election. I have the fake passport printed and the tunnel dug; I am just waiting for the...

Business of the House (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: Many loyal and hard-working public servants in my constituency have written to me to express concern about possible changes to their pension schemes. They would expect a change of that nature that affects a large number of people and has significant impact on morale in the public services to be at the heart of the parliamentary agenda. However, if such matters are debated at all, it is done...

European Council (24 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: The Prime Minister rightly referred to the importance of telecommunications market liberalisation in the Lisbon agenda on competitiveness. Does he agree that although the UK market has been opened up effectively with the Communications Act 2003 and the creation of Ofcom, much more progress remains to be made in other EU countries, to the potential disadvantage of British businesses that want...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Civil Contingencies (22 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whatassistance is being provided by his Department to local authorities to enable them to carry out their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 in respect of (a) local business continuity and (b) threats to telecommunications networks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Art Market (21 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: As the Minister will know, in 2003 very strict regulations were imposed on the UK art market to implement United Nations sanctions banning dealing in material that might have been looted from Iraq. The regulations have now been in force for some time. Has the Minister made, or will she make, an assessment of their effectiveness and their impact on the UK art market?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Websites (18 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what action he is taking to prevent UK Government websites from being compromised by (a) denial of service and (b) phishing.

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Schools (Internet Security) (17 Mar 2005)

Mr Richard Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to ensure that schools implement security measures in respect of their use of the internet.


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