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

Matthew Hancock: With the leave of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker, I shall reply for the Government to this excellent debate. I shall try to answer the points raised, unconventional as that might seem. The subject of the debate could not be more important. The digital revolution is one of the biggest things happening to this country and the world. Indeed, I think the digital revolution as a whole is bigger...

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

Matthew Hancock: I think the right hon. Gentleman is wrong on this point, which no doubt we will debate during the passage of the Bill. We know of no other jurisdiction with an adequacy deal that has been required to put the charter into law. Such a requirement has not been imposed anywhere else, so there is no reason for it in this case. The charter is a summary of laws present elsewhere and we are bringing...

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

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman speaks like a true lawyer. The hon. Member for Cardiff West said that the hon. Gentleman had been outed as a lawyer during this debate—my goodness, he outs himself as a lawyer from the first moment he strikes his posture in this Chamber. He is obviously a lawyer and that latest point only proves it further. The ICO has already said that and it is well worth reading...

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

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Lady is wrong about that. She is also wrong to have said that there is no certainty about the future UK data protection arrangements, because there is and we are putting it into law: it will be the GDPR, plus the Data Protection Bill, which is before the other House. Although she was completely wrong, I am grateful for her intervention. This has been a very productive debate and I am...

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

Matthew Hancock: I am sorry to intervene, but I have already explained that because European jurisprudence is being brought into UK law, references to the charter in existing case law will be brought into UK law, which satisfies the hon. Gentleman’s demand.

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

Matthew Hancock: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that the British MEPs had a strong influence on the GDPR as it was developed in Europe. One of the reasons the GDPR is a good piece of legislation that we can happily bring into UK law is because of that influence. We had that influence after we had left the EPP, so perhaps he will withdraw his earlier comments. As for this argument about lack of...

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

Matthew Hancock: A point that I hope will reassure the right hon. Gentleman is that EU jurisprudence will be brought into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, although EU jurisdiction will no longer continue.

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

Matthew Hancock: This is an incredibly important point, so I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. The right is there: it is in the GDPR, which will be brought into UK law through the Bill.

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

Matthew Hancock: The negotiation of the EU’s future relationship with the UK is not some sort of informal approach; it is a very formal set of talks. We hope that it will lead to a good deal, which we hope will include this area. That is exactly what I meant.

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

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman is quite right. Of course, Gibraltar is part of the UK family. I should have been clearer about that, but I am glad that we have cleared that up.

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

Matthew Hancock: Just on a point of English language, it is clearly not a truth universally acknowledged, because I do not acknowledge it.

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

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That this House has considered Exiting the European Union and Data Protection. The digital revolution through which we are living is bringing about the fastest pace of change that any generation has ever seen. With advances in technology accelerating, it is likely that this current pace of change will be the slowest that any of us will experience probably for the rest of our...

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

Matthew Hancock: I pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman’s extensive understanding of these issues, not only from his time as a Minister but since. His understanding is so good that he has correctly anticipated the next page of my speech. That is exactly what we are seeking, because it is strongly in the mutual interests of the UK and the rest of the EU that such an arrangement is put in place. Having...

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

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. Our future relationship with the EU will be bespoke. We want to make sure that the flow of data is unhindered, so we effectively seek an adequacy deal, but that is currently scheduled to be negotiated as part of the future relationship. Whether it is enacted through the formal EU mechanism of an adequacy deal or as part of the negotiation is, in a sense, immaterial. What...

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

Matthew Hancock: That is our objective in terms of the goal, but I have one difference with the premise of the hon. Gentleman’s question. He said that our leaving the EU will make things more difficult, but that is not necessarily so, because we seek a relationship that, in terms of the unhindered flow of data, is as high quality as the one we have now. We of course need to secure that as part of the...

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

Matthew Hancock: I agree wholeheartedly and strongly with my hon. Friend, who is an expert in these matters, having just arrived in the House from the European Parliament, where she was a rapporteur on some of the key committees that made a number of the important decisions in this policy area. She is absolutely right. The unhindered flow of data will take place between two regimes that are harmonised,...

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

Matthew Hancock: What it means is that the arrangements are harmonised right now. Should the Data Protection Bill become an Act, as I sincerely hope it will—it does have cross-party support—our existing arrangements at the point of exit will be harmonised. What happens after that will depend on the negotiation of our future relationship, with the UK being sovereign. The point is to ensure that the...

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

Matthew Hancock: I am sure that the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr Walker), will have heard that point—this is a bit like a return to business questions from earlier. Parliamentary procedure is a matter for that Bill, but the hon. Gentleman has made his case. It is very important that the element of the GDPR that is directly...

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

Matthew Hancock: Gibraltar is, and will continue to be, part of the United Kingdom. The Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union leads on issues relating to Gibraltar. He will have heard those concerns and will be able to respond to them in detail. In a sense, all this shows why it is so important to get this agreement right.

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

Matthew Hancock: I am glad that I gave the right hon. Gentleman the opportunity to do so. A strong relationship on data is beneficial to citizens as it will reassure them that their personal data is subject to robust protection. Maintaining the flow is also important. Once we have left the EU, we will continue to play a leading global role in the development and promotion of appropriate data protection...


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