Results 1–20 of 9931 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Timms

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: Does the Minister recognise that the absence of article 8 will make his goal harder to achieve? He said that we can look elsewhere in the body of European law, and it is all terribly vague and badly defined. The problem is that that will not convince the Commission—and it is the Commission that he has to convince about adequacy.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) and will pick up on one or two of his points. David Cameron has a great deal to answer for. To win support from his party’s right wing for his leadership bid in 2005, he promised during the leadership campaign to withdraw Conservative MEPs from the European People’s party, the main centre-right grouping in the...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: No, certainly not. I am delighted that my Labour colleagues in the European Parliament have retained their place in the Socialist group and therefore their influence. The problem for Britain has been that, by leaving the EPP, Conservative MEPs have had much less influence. I am not saying that they have not had any influence—that is not at all the point I am making—but they have...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: The proposal is that article 8 will not be there any more. The problem is this: where in the European acquis, which is being brought into UK law, is the clear statement that everyone has the right to have their personal data protected? It is not there, and if it is not there, it will be significantly harder for the European Union to recognise that UK data protection law is adequate.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: The problem is that it is not. There is no clear assertion anywhere in UK law—other than, at present, in article 8—that everyone has the right to have their personal data protected. As I have said, and as was said in the Select Committee yesterday, judges, when making judgments on these matters in appeal cases, often refer to the wording of that article to reach their conclusions....

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: As chair of the all-party parliamentary group on data analytics, my hon. Friend is in a very good position to understand just how important this is for our economy. He is absolutely right: if we open up that uncertainty in our regulatory arrangements, it will be harder, perhaps impossible, to achieve the adequacy agreement that we need. I am grateful to the Minister for committing himself to...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: The firms in my hon. Friend’s constituency are absolutely right. If we do not achieve that adequacy declaration, it will become illegal for personal data to be exchanged between the UK and the countries of the EU, and there will no longer be a lawful basis for large swathes of businesses in the country to continue to operate.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: The problem is that if it is not an adequacy agreement in name, it is not clear what it is. [Interruption.] Yes, an inadequacy agreement, perhaps. We also need this to be clarified soon, because otherwise businesses will have no alternative but to make arrangements to shift the activities into the other EU countries to avoid the risk of them no longer being lawful—and if this is left to...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman for his work on that Committee, and his suggestion could well solve the problem. What I have proposed is amendment 151 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, to require Ministers to put on to the statute book a clear statement that UK citizens have a fundamental right to the protection of their personal data. But he is right that we could equally well...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: Of course Norway is not a member of the European Union, but is a member of the single market.

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: I very much agree with the points that the Minister is making and the ambition he is setting out. Will he commit to securing an adequacy agreement from the EU so that the free flow of personal data, which he rightly says is important, can continue?

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: I am glad that the Minister is committed to seeking this adequacy agreement. Does he recognise that one step that will make that a bit harder—perhaps significantly harder—is the fact that under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, article 8 of the European charter of fundamental rights will no longer be part of UK law? That creates uncertainty about how our data...

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. Is it his understanding, as it is mine, that there is no correlation between LHA rates and the cost of providing supported housing across the country?

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: Will the Prime Minister confirm that there will be no new restrictions at the UK border for EU citizens wishing to come into the UK during the implementation period of “around two years”? I think that is the implication of what she has been saying. She also said that there will be a registration scheme. Who will she require to register?

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: Actually, the fall in the value of the pound was a factor in the collapse, although I agree with the Secretary of State that another factor was the UK ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. Since that ban was introduced, the Egyptian authorities, with UK support, have gone to enormous lengths to improve security at that airport. I believe that every other western country has now lifted its ban....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Timms: The problem is that “on time” means after a six-week delay, and that delay, as the Secretary of State knows well, is causing immense hardship up and down the country. Last week I met Maria Amos, who came within an inch of suicide because she had to live literally on nothing but water for six weeks, irreparably damaging her health. The Secretary of State can choose to ignore...


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