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Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day) (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, and to the Bar Council for the help it has given us on these amendments. I declare an interest—at least, I suppose I do—in that my wife is a judge and I used to practice as a Chancery barrister long ago. It is an essential part of our legal system that people should have access to the justice system without communications...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day) (15 Nov 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I hope I will not add to the troubles of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, when I say that I am troubled by a couple of his amendments, Amendments 108B and 180A. The former suggests that the Government should not be permitted to, “amend, repeal or revoke the GDPR”. I know the Government will have responsibility for the provisions of the GDPR, but these are surely...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, I understand the issues of fast-changing technology and the fact that it is very hard for primary legislation to keep up. My noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe has asked me to express her sadness that she is unable to be here today due to a family funeral. I shall speak to the amendments in our name which, like Amendment 24, propose the...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I shall speak only to Amendment 188, and I do so because, as so often, I am confused. In Scotland, a person aged 12 is presumed to have capacity to exercise rights under the Data Protection Act 1998, and that position is perpetuated in the Bill. How does that mesh with the general data protection regulations, which provide that consent to process personal data is lawful below the...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I declare my interests as a chairman of a charity and of a not-for-profit organisation, and as a director of some small businesses. Having said that, I agree with every word that my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe said. The Association of Accounting Technicians has said that the notion that the GDPR will lead to a €2.3 billion cost saving for the European Union is absurd. I...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, it is a daunting thing to have to follow such an enjoyable speech. I simply say that, as I read Amendment 4 alongside Amendment 4A, it appears that the original opposition amendment had the unintended consequence that it destroyed all the exemptions already contained in the Bill. So Amendment 4A must be an improvement, but I am unclear precisely what is the purpose of Amendment 4A,...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Oct 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord and listen to his important comments on health data and particularly consent. I thought how brave he was with his data machine. I would worry that my pearls of wisdom would disappear somewhere into the ether, but luckily that did not happen to him. This is a welcome and necessary Bill. It is not perfect, but I leap to its defence in at least...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for his comments. From what he says I suspect that the Government are not quite there yet. However, I hope that my amendments will help to encourage them along a path of some form of regulation in this area. I suspect that the arguments my noble and learned friend used were similar to those that were first used when financial audit was...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I draw noble Lords’ attention to my interests in the register, particularly to the fact that I am chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council, chair of the advisory board of Thales UK and a member of the advisory board of IRM, among other cyber-interested companies. This Bill is about the digital economy, but it contains very little mention of security. Yet...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, conscious as I am of the time, I shall simply say that I hope that the Minister will be able to respond positively to this for the very good reasons given by both noble Lords who have just spoken. It is a matter of natural fairness; it reflects the convergence issues which have been spoken about in this Committee already; it reflects the technological tsunami that my noble friend...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, has just given the speech that I was rather expecting the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, to give. The amendment suggests that the Government should be completely out of the running of the BBFC, yet in his very interesting and important remarks, the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, said that he was a bit concerned that the Government should think it right for...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, these are very important amendments. There is a concern that BT has tended to invest just enough in a particular area to make it uneconomic for competitors to come in and provide services there. This may just be a natural complaint by people who have been beaten fair and square in the marketplace, because BT is a very large and effective company which is, in many respects, a...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I will address the House on Amendment 5, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn. We all want to prevent digital exclusion and this is clearly an admirable way of attempting to do so. But the noble Lord suggests that, “any excess costs … shall not be paid by users of communication service providers”. So those excess costs need to be paid, presumably by...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, one issue that has not been raised in this debate so far is the effect on small businesses in rural areas of the poverty of mobile telephone networks. That, combined with slow or poor, and sometimes non-existent, broadband speeds, puts rural businesses at a disadvantage. So I have a great deal of sympathy with the amendments that have been spoken to, and I hope that the Minister...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: While I reach the same conclusion as the noble Lord, Lord West of Spithead, I am afraid I do so without any of his certainty and with none of his panache, for which I must apologise, because I share the concerns expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. I must begin by paying tribute to the Minister for his stamina—he is clearly a young man—and I should draw the attention of...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, it is easy to say that it is a great honour to join your Lordships’ House, but it is hard to convey quite how much it means to me. I thank my supporters, my noble friends Lady Stowell and Lady Bottomley, and my mentor, my noble friend Lady Browning, for their unstinting encouragement and help. I am afraid I shall continue to need it, having already sat on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in connection with the Post Office mediation scheme, the Post Office has just sacked the independent investigator, Second Sight, and told it to destroy all its papers? Does he agree that it is essential that Second Sight’s second report should not be suppressed, but should be supplied to sub-postmasters and MPs, starting with the hon. Member for West...


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