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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.’.

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

Steven Baker: I offer amendment 45 to the Committee and the Government by way of tidying up. As we have discussed, clause 10 relates to material given voluntarily. We have in mind someone who perhaps wishes to help the police with their inquiries and eliminate themselves from those inquiries. I am conscious of the Minister’s remarks on amendments 59 and 60, in which he explained that the sense of the...

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

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend. Does he support my proposal that we should destroy profiles after one year?

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

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend. I must admit that, in my own mind, I imagined that if somebody had been arrested, charged or convicted, then other provisions in the Bill would apply. The  amendment, therefore, just speaks to the specific point of material being given voluntarily; in particular, to help someone eliminate themselves from inquiries. If proceedings were in progress, then...

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

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to the Minister for his consideration of the amendment and for setting out his view of the interplay between clauses 10 and 11. I understand the Government’s point about the Court but I remain concerned that the provisions are a little open-ended. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 8 (5 Apr 2011)

Steven Baker: I am a software engineer and although the hon. Gentleman is right to say that there is some complexity, in terms of a software programming problem, I am afraid it is trivial. I really would not worry about that complexity.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Schedule 17 — Temporary class drug orders (31 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: I welcome my hon. Friend’s remarks, and associate myself with them. I also welcome the way that he set out the law on operational independence yesterday. Does he agree that it is vital that senior police officers and Opposition Members accept the legitimacy of elected representatives ensuring that the public get the policing that they deserve?

Written Answers — Treasury: Monetary Policy (30 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the (a) short and (b) long-term effects of quantitative easing on levels of employment.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Arms Trade (30 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the export of (a) arms and (b) crowd control devices to foreign governments which his Department identifies as non-democratic or oppressive.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 3 (29 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: I support the clause. We have heard a great deal this afternoon about balance; in particular, the balance between evidence and principle has come out in hon. Members’ remarks. Consideration of that balance speaks very much to the nature of the clause. A lot of the talk has been about evidence, but it struck me that it has also been a conversation about counterfactuals. How many crimes will...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 3 (29 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady for that clarification; nevertheless, I say that that principle stands in stark contrast to the notion of innocent until proven guilty. The clause is a balance. It is already a balance between the principle of innocent until proven guilty and, knowing what the hon. Lady has told us, concern that we might not detect certain crimes. It is by no means a...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 3 (29 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: I am struggling to see why the hon. Gentleman does not object in principle to the retention of DNA for everyone who has been arrested but not convicted.

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 1 (29 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: The hon. Member for Eltham mentioned the cost of searches and the pressure on police budgets. I infer from the Minister’s remarks that there actually would not be a cost associated with speculative searches. Can he confirm what I infer?

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill: Clause 1 (29 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: Listening to the hon. Gentleman, and comparing the amendment with the original text, it is not clear why he wants to make the marginal change between: “Nothing in this section prevents a speculative search” and mandating a speculative search in all cases. He said that he knows that the police want to secure convictions—that is the implication that I draw from his remarks—so why does...

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill (24 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: Could you tell us the headlines? What are the prime objectives of CCTV regulation, in your view?

Public Bill Committee: Protection of Freedoms Bill (24 Mar 2011)

Steven Baker: Do you think that the area of fingerprinting children is one where we have allowed ourselves to be too dazzled by the possibilities of technology? It seems to me that we risk depersonalising children from a very young age by subjecting them to technology. Do you agree, and do you think that that has profound risks?


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