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National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme - Statement (5 Jun 2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I am quite sure that it is my fault, but I remain confused. Has the naming and shaming scheme been suspended?

Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I agree with absolutely every word of what the right reverend Prelate said. He reminds us of what is at stake when we speak of defence, but also of the value of alliances. I draw attention to my interests declared on the register, particularly the fact that I am chairman of the advisory board of Thales UK and chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council, a cybersecurity...

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review - Statement (15 May 2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for her helpful answers so far. Is one of the problems that there is a contradiction between our natural desire to make sure that there is no variation in treatment or administration across the country and our equally natural desire to ensure that local people can make decisions on the basis of their local resources? Is there a sense that the...

Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend can help me. In view of the contingent nature of these SIs, is it the Government’s policy to honour the result of last night’s vote in another place?

Terrorism: Emergency Communications - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Harris, on three things: first, on securing this debate, which is not an easy thing to do; secondly, on his excellent work on London’s preparedness to respond to a major terrorist incident; and, thirdly, on his speech, in which he has said many of the things that I would like to say but has done so with more eloquence, and so I shall...

Amesbury Incident - Statement (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My noble friend is quite right to refuse to speculate about the causes of this, but will she ask the media not to speculate about possible causes as to why this couple were found in a distressed situation? Some disgraceful things have been said in the media which should not have been aired there; that was most unhelpful.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Dec 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for moving these amendments with such incredible clarity that I was able to understand what they were saying. My question follows on from the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, about how these amendments would be enforced. As the noble Baroness, Lady Jay of Paddington, said in Committee, all these issues arise in an international...

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 between...

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 provisions for...

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 agree....

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 someone other...


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