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Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 54 (28 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: At first, I approached the clause with considerable scepticism, as I think I said in one of the oral evidence sessions. It seemed to me slightly odd that a Protection of Freedoms Bill should ban the defence of private property rights. However, I have come to realise, particularly looking back through the pages of the Bucks F ree P ress, that there is a clash of property rights between the two...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 54 (28 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: No, it has excellent après-ski—but I do not wish to be ruled out of order. That lady left her car in a nightclub car park for less than 24 hours. It was clamped and she found herself paying £320 for it to be released. Because that act took place in an environment of general good will, where people seek to help their neighbours, the lady was perfectly correct in describing it as “mean...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 54 (28 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I chose my words carefully. Of course I shall support the Government, and my constituents would wish me to do so, but I cannot help wondering whether intimidating behaviour by rogue clampers might have been dealt with in another way. Nevertheless, this is the path that the Government have chosen and it is right that we should defend our constituents in this way. I look forward to seeing how...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Sure Start Children’s Centres: Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (27 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I shall try to confine my remarks to three points on the report. First, the report rightly talks about imbalances in the economy. The hon. Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) talked about serious systemic problems in the economy, and I agree that there are such serious systemic problems, albeit not, perhaps, those that the hon. Gentleman thinks there are. On the first page of section...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Sure Start Children’s Centres: Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993 (27 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have great admiration for him on many subjects, but does he realise that when Keynes was suggesting those fiscal stimulus packages, the state accounted for only about a quarter of GDP, whereas now the figure is up to 45% and getting on for 50%? The capacity is just not there. I would suggest to the hon. Gentleman that even Keynes would be horrified at the notion...

Written Answers — Transport: High Speed 2: Exhibitions (27 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what expenditure his Department is incurring on (a) the High Speed 2 caravan being used for the HS2 Consultation mobile roadshows and (b) the equipment being used for the HS2 Consultation exhibitions; and whether the (i) caravan and (ii) equipment has been (A) purchased or (B) leased; (2) what the cost to his Department is of the (a) computer...

Written Answers — Transport: High Speed 2: Exhibitions (27 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many HS2 Consultation feedback forms were completed at the Euston HS2 mobile exhibition on 24 March 2011; and whether such statistics will be published each week during the HS2 consultation period; (2) what steps he is taking to capture and record oral feedback provided to his Department and HS2 staff by visitors to the HS2 mobile...

Written Answers — Transport: High Speed 2: Exhibitions (27 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the employers are of each member of staff working on the HS2 mobile exhibitions and roadshows.

Industrial Relations (Voting Procedures): Finance (No. 3) Bill (26 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I was just wondering whether my hon. Friend would agree that Robin Hood actually took from the state to give back to the people.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 47 (26 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: Listening to the hon. Gentleman, I am struck by the number of times that we have been accused in the main Chamber of being ideological. Is it now the case that his party is appealing for us to be ideological?

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 47 (26 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: Again, the hon. Gentleman seems to be appealing for an ideology—marvellous, I am delighted. But let us be consistent and appeal at all times for a consistent ideology on which to base practical politics.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 47 (26 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: Following the exchange of interventions, which I very much enjoyed, and reflecting on the amendment, I am aware of a principle that comes out, which I think could be more deeply entrenched in the Bill. If we were to look for a principle and express it in one word, for me that word would be “property.” The amendment is quite insightful—although of course I will not be supporting it—by...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 26 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: This is a fascinating discussion. A straw man has been erected that we are attacking furiously; it is great sport. Does the hon. Gentleman not concede that certain rights are inherent for an individual of whatever age? We, on the Government Benches, happen to think that a person’s decision on whether to give their biometrics is an inherent right irrespective of age. I detect that he thinks...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 26 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for putting his remarks on the record. Will he touch on the transmission of data to third parties, which was the final part of my amendment?

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 26 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for putting those remarks on record. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 26 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I beg to move amendment 51, in clause 26, page 17, line 30, leave out subsection (6) and add— ‘(6) The relevant authority must ensure— (a) that reasonable alternative means are available by which the child may do, or be subject to, anything which the child would have been able to do, or be subject to, had the child’s biometric information been processed; (b) that enrolment at the...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 26 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I welcome this chapter. For me this is a totemic subject. I remember well when I first learned that children’s biometrics were being taken and how horrified I was, but I will not dwell on that. I will move on to my specific amendment. I welcome the provisions of subsection (6), but my probing amendment would provide three more measures. First, my amendment retains the existing provision,...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 20 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I am extremely reluctant to offer any succour to Labour Members, particularly as the hon. Member for Eltham accused me earlier of being pointy-headed, but I agree with some of his points. I am rather sceptical of the role of commissars. I mean commissioners of course, but we do seem to be hiring commissars for the executive roles, and that is generally a bad thing. Why can national security...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 13 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I rise to support the clause and to place on the record a technical implication of proposed new subsection (2). A database as important as the DNA  database will be regularly backed up; I would have thought that such a critical database would be backed up nightly. To destroy database records, it will be necessary to deal extremely carefully with the back-ups of the database as well. I wanted...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 10 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I beg to move amendment 45, in clause 10, page 8, line 16, at end insert ‘and must in any event be destroyed within one year from the date it was taken.’.


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