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Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 17 (21 Jun 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I would add that I completely trust my noble friend Lord Lytton on these affairs and issues. I have talked to him, particularly when discussing burying fibre and things like that, and he knows a lot about it.

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 14 (21 Jun 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: The Minister said earlier that the whole point of the Consumer Rights Act was about unsafe goods. I think that he means “unsafe” as referring to physical harm. Actually, a major security breach could render serious physical harm to someone because having all their money removed from their bank account could affect their mental state and result in the breakdown of their marriage, suicide,...

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

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, very quickly, I remember well during the passage of the Computer Misuse Act and the Police and Justice Act 2006 trying to tidy up language about hacking tools and so on. It became very complicated and no one could quite work out how to do it, because the same thing could be used by baddies to do one thing and by good people to help maintain systems, et cetera. In the end, I think it...

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

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I want to say just a couple of words because, having read this and listened, I think the amendment has a very good point. I like the concept of a duty of care, because if we do not have that, who are we worrying about? In fact, Clause 7, on “Relevant persons”, is all about the manufacturers, importers, distributors, et cetera, with nothing about the customer, the poor person who...

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

the Earl of Erroll: The Minister talked about standards a moment ago. If we are going to rely on standards, who is writing them? I presume that he is talking about British standards; to write a standard will take a year or two. I hope that the Government are going to fund it. We got no help from them in trying to fund stuff around age verification, even though that was core to the Digital Economy Act. If we are...

Fur: Import and Sale - Question (14 Jun 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: Does the Minister agree that fake fur is made from plastic microfibres, which poison the oceans and kill fish? What we should be using is a sustainable, natural, biodegradable resource such as real fur.

HM Passport Office: Backlogs - Commons Urgent Question (12 May 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: First, I am reassured. The reason I knew it was six months—I will point out another wrinkle in this—is that I was going abroad in March, so I anticipated this issue and sent my application off early. It was very efficient and I got my passport back really quite quickly. The only problem was that the courier kept trying to deliver it to the wrong address because of the postcode—but do...

Game Birds (Cage Breeding) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Mar 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I am sorry to intervene, but I asked whether I could quickly make a comment in the gap after listening to the debate. I am afraid that I have been abroad and did not get my name down in time. The problem with the Bill is that it is trying to put together raised laying units and battery cages as if these were the same thing, and it is trying to trigger an emotional response in people...

Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Report - Statement (24 Mar 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I will say a couple of things as a techie. First, RFID chips do not transmit on to any remote system—they work only in proximity, so they are checked only when you go through something. Therefore, you cannot track people through an RFID chip on a card. It is simply presented to a device, so you cannot track people around the place. It sounds like a great idea but it does not...

Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement of Part 3) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Jan 2022)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I almost wonder what I can add to what the two previous speakers have said. I entirely agree with the noble Lord, Lord Morrow, in bringing this Bill; it is long overdue. I just do not know what went wrong inside the Civil Service and the Executive for Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act not to have been implemented. I entirely agree with the analysis of the noble Baroness, Lady...

Children’s Rights: Digital Environment - Question (1 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, does the Minister’s department agree with DCMS that we should repeal Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act? This goes against the United Nations general comment, which states in paragraph 114: “Robust age verification systems should be used to prevent children from acquiring access to products and services that are illegal for them to own or use.”

Telecommunications (Security) Bill - Second Reading (29 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, this Bill is generally welcomed and very well intentioned, but it really lacks any effective parliamentary or judicial oversight, as has been quite forcefully pointed out. I agree with everything the noble Lord, Lord West, said on this issue. We should use the ISC for this. As regards the excuse that designating a vendor or something might leak too early, it will leak...

Office of the Whistleblower Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, this is an important Bill which addresses an area that needs thoughtful sorting out. I agree with the points the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, made. There is no point in me repeating any of them, but one I think is particularly important is the whole area of financial redress to whistleblowers. They cannot be left out of pocket and many of them without work. Their whistleblowing has...

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I first declare an interest in farming in that my family farms, but I am handing everything over. I find this Bill woolly. Much is left to the discretion of the Minister and the Executive. I have heard it described as a paving Bill and an entry point; more legislation may follow. I am sure we will get lots of assurances from the Front Bench, but we should remember that no...

Audiovisual Media Services (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (27 Nov 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, this is only part of a patchwork of regulation and legislation around online harms—very sadly, we do not have the online harms Bill yet. This regulation highlights the whole problem of the UK having jurisdiction over foreign-domiciled—housed or homed overseas—companies. Companies outside the EU can completely dodge it: it does not cover them at all. The noble Lord, Lord...

Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - Motion to Take Note (28 Sep 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, I want to talk quickly about the problems arising from this great lockdown. It is bankrupting businesses at the moment. People are losing money as they have to cancel with no compensation. The fine versus the average wage is quite enormous, and for ordinary people that must be crippling. Families are being torn apart. A dying 96 year-old who I have been told about cannot see his...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Sep 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: My Lords, like many others, I am very worried about the long-term wider effect of these regulations. I have been talking to friends in Northumberland. All their plans lie in tatters. Money has been spent that is now wasted. Hard-earned income has been destroyed. They are feeling rebellious. We must let our citizens know that they can plan ahead with certainty. People are asking whether...

China: Supply Chains - Question (1 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: Does the Minister agree that not much electronic equipment is manufactured in the UK so we will always be strategically dependent on foreign companies? Is not the important thing to ensure interoperability and spread the risk across suppliers in different countries, and to realise that we cannot rely on any country when it comes to security and spying? What we need is end-to-end encryption...

Fly-tipping - Question (23 Jun 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: Does not the high cost of the landfill tax and the complexity of waste regulations make fly-tipping the easy, and therefore the chosen, option? Some desirable activities such as building cannot avoid producing waste. Can we reduce the costs for small businesses and individuals by simplifying the regulations? Do people not respond better to incentives than to penalties?

Post Office: Horizon Accounting System - Question (18 Jun 2020)

the Earl of Erroll: Why has this taken five years since these miscarriages of justice were revealed to Parliament in an Adjournment debate in the Commons? What happened to the later independent report by Second Sight, which was due to be published in March 2015? Horizon was already in trouble with developments at ICL, and was nearly scrapped in the mid-1990s on the merger with Fujitsu. Perhaps it is a pity that...


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