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Preparing for Extreme Risks (RARPC Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, the hour is late, so I shall be brief. It has not been an apocalyptic, or even a particularly gloomy, debate—he says with a rather sad look on his face. The Minister has been very helpful in making plain that there is further thinking and further work to do. I hope and am sure that this excellent debate will inform that further thinking and work. I want to pick up just one or two...

Preparing for Extreme Risks (RARPC Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, we thought we were well prepared. Roger Hargreaves, the director of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, told us that our national security risk assessment was recognised very positively by Governments across the world, who regarded it as a gold standard for the assessment of risk. The risk of a pandemic was ranked as a highest-priority, tier-1 security risk. Okay, we thought that...

Energy Security - Statement (5 Dec 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that there are three elements to energy security? The first is the generation of energy, which is very important; the second is energy efficiency, which is also important, and I was very pleased with what he said about that; but the third is the distribution of energy, which is just as important and just as vulnerable. I declare an interest as the chairman...

National Security - Statement (2 Nov 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I echo the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Browne, but in relation to the report of this House’s risk committee, in which we found that there were real, critical vulnerabilities in our critical national infrastructure. The urgency of the Government producing the resilience report cannot be overstated. It is surely time for the Government to recognise that the front lines...

Post Office: Horizon Compensation - Statement (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, again, my noble friend comes before this House with good news, and I am truly grateful for that. We look forward to the day when the compensation scheme can be completed, and we hope it happens early so that sub-postmasters can have truly substantial payments. As the public inquiry considers the responsibility of Fujitsu, Post Office directors and others, can my noble friend the...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I was six at the time. It has been a useful debate and I thank all those who have taken part. I am particularly grateful to my noble friend Lady Neville-Jones, who made it quite plain that we understand the problems in the way of the Government in legislating on this but we are getting impatient. With everything that is going on in the world, out-of-date cybersecurity legislation is...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, Amendment 16 proposes a statutory defence for ethical hackers. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and to the CyberUp campaign, for their help. Again, I declare my interests as chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council, chairman of the Thales UK advisory panel and chairman of Electricity Resilience Limited. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 criminalised...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Second Reading (6 Jun 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, for a technical Bill, this has been a fascinating and most enjoyable debate. I am lucky follow my noble friend Lady McIntosh, whose comments on the rural economy are always of genuine importance. The Bill addresses two important matters, both arising from market failures. The first is the security of the internet of things. That is what I want to concentrate on. The second, a highly...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Second Reading (6 Jun 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: Three—well, that is also more than two decades ago. Cybersecurity researchers can still face spurious legal action for reporting a vulnerability to a company. They cite as an example Rob Dyke and his civil legal battle with the Apperta Foundation. They suggest that the Government should go further to reform the Computer Misuse Act and put in law a basis from which cybersecurity researchers...

Sub-Postmasters: Compensation - Commons Urgent Question (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, will the Minister please pass on to my noble friend Lord Callanan my thanks for the work that he did, along with Minister Scully in the other House, to achieve this excellent result? I come back to the point raised by the Front Benches opposite: will any interim payments be made to the 555 as there were with those whose convictions were overturned?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cases will be pursued (1) in parallel, or (2) sequentially, in the Post Office Horizon Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Post Office will be permitted to demand confidentiality in the Post Office Horizon Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry (10 Feb 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the size of the compensation cost connected to the Post Office Horizon scandal, and (2) the extent to which the Post Office remains a going concern.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Post Offices: ICT (25 Jan 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they will make for oversight, independent of the Post Office and Government, of the Alternative Dispute Resolutions in the Horizon compensation cases.

Post Office: Horizon Compensation - Private Notice Question (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, Fujitsu knew that it could—and did—alter the accounts of sub-postmasters without their knowledge. It knew that the Government were denying that this could be done. It knew that the sub-postmasters were being prosecuted for those altered accounts. Is it not high time, and beyond, that Fujitsu began to become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem?

Post Office: Horizon Compensation - Question (10 Jan 2022)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, what matters will be covered by the compensation announced last month for those sub-postmasters who have had their convictions overturned? It will include financial loss, obviously, but will it also cover loss of reputation, pain and suffering, and consequential loss? How will the Government ensure consistency over the many different types of cases that there will be?

Postmasters with Overturned Convictions: Settlement Funds - Statement (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I acknowledge that this is very good news and I am grateful to my noble friend for the work that he is doing and has done behind the scenes on it. Can I press him on the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, about why this Statement is limited to sub-postmasters who have had convictions overturned? Surely the same moral principles apply not just to those who have...

Post Office Update - Statement (24 May 2021)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, last week the Minister, Paul Scully, said: “We want to ensure justice and fair compensation for all who have been affected”.—[Official Report, Commons, 19/5/21; col. 721.] He did not limit that to those whose convictions had been overturned. Does my noble friend accept that this must mean reopening the settlement of the group litigation order? Please will he stop using the...

Post Office Court of Appeal Judgment - Statement (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, the Post Office and the Government have expressly excluded the 555 group litigants from the compensation scheme. Nick Read, the chief executive of the Post Office, has called on the Government to compensate the 555 fairly. Are the Government considering compensating all the 555 litigants—as they should, because they have taken their money and should not be keeping it—or are they...


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