Results 1–20 of 6148 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Liam Byrne

UK Digital and Tech Industries — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (18 Apr 2018)

Liam Byrne: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms McDonagh. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main) on securing the debate. I recognise the enormous progress that many of us have celebrated this afternoon, but I want to sound a note of warning about becoming complacent. For all the progress that we have talked about in our constituencies and around the country, the truth is...

UK Digital and Tech Industries — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (18 Apr 2018)

Liam Byrne: Well, lucky you! If the west midlands had enjoyed a per capita bung on the same level as Northern Ireland, an extra £600 million would be coming into my region; I know I am not the only one to look at the deal that the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues skilfully struck with some jealousy. The final component is skills. My hon. Friends the Members for Bristol North West (Darren Jones) and...

UK Digital and Tech Industries — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (18 Apr 2018)

Liam Byrne: In the 19th century, it was the marriage of design and engineering brilliance in York that ensured it was the centre of the railway industry. Does my hon. Friend take inspiration from that?

EU Referendum: Electoral Law: National Security and Russia (26 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Prime Minister will know that, since General Gerasimov updated the playbook of Russian active measures, intervention in democracy abroad has been one of the mainstays of Russian activity around the world. Our national security strategy does not include an explicit objective to defend the integrity of our democracy, and our election law defences are hopelessly out of date. Will she now...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Data Protection Agreements (22 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: We will not get an adequacy agreement with the EU if we cannot keep data safe in this country. The Cambridge Analytica scandal shows how grave that threat has become. To get to the bottom of that threat, it is vital that we understand the network of companies associated with that malign octopus. Will the Secretary of State commit now to auditing and making public all Government contractors...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Data Protection Agreements (22 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: There are many individuals and intellectual property agreements between Cambridge Analytica and other firms, and I hope that the Secretary of State will reflect on his answer and come forward with a more comprehensive approach. This episode has revealed that the Information Commissioner simply does not have the power to conduct investigations properly. It is ludicrous that it has taken her so...

Cambridge Analytica: Data Privacy (19 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: I too pay tribute to the Committee. I also pay tribute to The Guardian newspaper and Carole Cadwalladr for pursuing this with such utter relentlessness, despite the harassment that she has received. If true, these allegations provide an utter indictment of the permissive environment that this Government have created, which has allowed the data giants in this country to be both careless and...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Prime Minister should know that if by Wednesday she concludes that we are indeed embattled, she will find both unity and resolve across the House as we face down a common threat. Twelve years ago, in the aftermath of a wave of al-Qaeda-inspired attacks, we transformed the capacity of Governments to co-ordinate and fight back against extremism. May I urge the Prime Minister, in respect of...

Police Station Closures: Solihull and West Midlands (6 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Not so long ago, the Government invited us to believe that it was possible to cut crime and cut the police at the same time. Over the last couple of years the idiocy of that idea has been exposed for all to see. The truth is that crime—violent crime in particular—is now rising, and on the streets of my constituency...

Police Station Closures: Solihull and West Midlands (6 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: I will happily give way; perhaps my close neighbour can tell me how it is that Hampshire can enjoy a different settlement from the West Midlands police force when we have a threat assessment that is so very different.

Police Station Closures: Solihull and West Midlands (6 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: There has been a provision for counter-terrorism policing, but, as the right hon. Gentleman knows better than I do, neighbourhood policing is the front line of the fight against terrorism in this country. The stronger the front line, the safer we are. In the west midlands, our front line is being cut to shreds.

Police Station Closures: Solihull and West Midlands (6 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: Exactly. Those threats are now multiplying across the region. I respect the task that the Police Minister has to try to perform. He has taken the time to listen to representations from west midlands MPs of all political stripes. I am afraid that he was not backed up by either the Prime Minister or the Chancellor; they did not give the Home Office in general, and him in particular, the...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: Will the Minister give way?

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: This has been quite a useful debate for rehearsing the arguments and divisions that I suspect we will have when the Bill moves upstairs to Committee. Some of our debate, particularly in the speeches made by Opposition Members, has even been about data protection. It is probably fair that I start with the note of unity that the shadow Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for West...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We will support the retention of those amendments, and we will seek to offer a much more wide-ranging, comprehensive approach, which we think the Government should take. We will offer a much more comprehensive, well-rounded and thought-through system of rights for the digital age. We will offer an effective means of safeguarding those rights through...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who is being characteristically courteous in giving way to so many Members. Can he point to another area of public policy in which as many suspicions have been aroused, but that has been improved by our collectively deciding to just move on and leave things in the dark?

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Liam Byrne: With the greatest of respect, regulations are forward looking, but the inquiry that we are seeking goes into past malpractice for the simple reason that we would like justice to be done.

Post-18 Education (20 Feb 2018)

Liam Byrne: The madness of the current system is that it costs students and taxpayers a fortune. Student debt is spiralling up to £55 billion, nearly half of which will be written off and picked up by general taxpayers. I urge the Secretary of State to look forensically at how we knit together further education and higher education so that we radically expand the number of earn-while-you-learn...


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