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Emissions: Housing - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, can the Minister make it quite clear that there is no such thing as UK housing? In Scotland, housing has been a devolved matter ever since I was first an MP, 41 years ago. Under previous Administrations it was a matter for the Secretary of State for Scotland, and now it is for the Scottish Parliament. Therefore, on the important issue raised by the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, can the...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the commission will cover all aspects of the constitution, including that most basic of all: how we vote in both local and general elections? If, as I hope it will, the commission advises that it will go for electronic voting with an ID card which has built into it either a fingerprint or facial recognition so that there can be no cheating, will the...

Data Science: Government Processes - Question (4 Feb 2020)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, is not the answer—to start with, anyway—a compulsory smart ID card for everybody in this country?

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Foulkes, who has been my good friend and colleague for over 40 years now, for obtaining this debate and introducing it so ably. I should perhaps say at the outset that I am elderly—I could have claimed the free TV licence for the last eight years, but I have not done so—and I am not lonely. I have probably saved the Government about £1,000. Much of...

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, first, I thank the committee for its very thorough report and its chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, for introducing it so ably and with such eloquence. However, I am one of the few Members who disagree with some of what the report says. First, it is impossible to regulate the internet in a small nation state such as the UK. The internet is international. It is broad and goes...

Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I rise briefly just to make a point to the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde. On intellectual property, the Minister did not say one single word about the changing technologies that greatly affect the way in which intellectual property is seen. I have not read, or even picked up, a book for the last two years—because I read on a Kindle. What about that sort of change?

Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (28 Nov 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, the Minister keeps talking about “the UK”, but there are four health services within the United Kingdom. Can she tell the House whether this order covers all those health services, or just England?

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - Statement (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, is it not correct that the centre’s name is the wrong way round? It ought to be the advisory committee on digital innovation and ethics, because the innovation will drive the ethics rather than the other way round.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: The Minister keeps talking about “vehicles” and not “cars”. Vehicles are already being used in agriculture. They do have to go on roads, however; for example, to go from one field to another. Is that part of the definition?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I too have some difficulty with this because I drive, I must confess, a Skoda. I am told that a brand new Skoda is built to my specifications when I order it, not before. It is not produced on a line but only when I order it and, therefore, each adaptation is my instruction to the manufacturer. Whether or not that is an adaptation I do not know, but we have to bear it in mind when...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Maxton: The noble Lord will remember that, when we were considering this issue in the Science and Technology Committee, it was suggested that one of the first uses of a fully automated vehicle would be in agriculture, with it going up and down a field. A story was told of a van suddenly appearing at the back of a field and the farmer going up to two men and asking, “What are you doing here?”....

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Maxton: Will there also be orders relating to the different legal systems in Scotland and England? That is relevant to any discussion on British Transport Police.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Maxton: It is even worse on the west coast, because Carlisle is even further south than Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Maxton: There is no station at the border at all, whatever, in Scotland, between Scotland and England. The first station is Carlisle, which is in England.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I shall not follow the noble Viscount, Lord Falkland, down the road of horseracing because I have a confession to make, which is that I have never been in a betting shop in my life as far as I know—unless I was taken in as a very young child. I have three points to make. The first is the question of what sport is, because it is vital to the amendment—which I will be supporting....

Serious Fraud Office - Question (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, I point out to the noble Baroness that of course transport is not just a Scottish matter; some transport crosses the border and comes into England as well. I travel down here every week by train; does that mean that the transport police will now stop at Carlisle and a new police force will have to take over thereafter?

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (13 Nov 2017)

Lord Maxton: As a result of the answer given to me by my noble friend, I have looked this up. It says: “Use of recreational or social drugs is banned in sport”, even though they may be, “detrimental to sporting performance and result in a positive test result weeks later”. It is not just drugs that enhance performance that are banned but those which do not enhance performance.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (13 Nov 2017)

Lord Maxton: My Lords, how does the noble Lord define sport? That is a major question. For instance, in snooker, which I believe is defined as a sport, it is recognised that beta blockers are a banned substance whereas in other sports they would not necessarily be banned. Dancing is not defined as a sport although it demands very much more activity than either darts or snooker, which is a sport.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (13 Nov 2017)

Lord Maxton: I am slightly confused by what is a performance-enhancing drug. We have seen athletes and other sportsmen banned in this country for taking what I would call non-enhancing drugs: in other words, cannabis or whatever it might be. In that case they are not performance-enhancing drugs but the reverse of them—yet people can be banned even if taking them is deemed legal in the country where they...

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

Lord Maxton: I have fingerprint identification on my mini iPad, but I also have a password. Sometimes the fingerprint will not work, and you have to use the password.


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