Results 1–20 of 117 for speaker:Lord Strasburger

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, we find ourselves in a situation that most of us would not have thought possible a year ago. Our Prime Minister seeks not only to invoke Article 50 but also to needlessly destroy our country’s tariff-free and frictionless access to the largest market in the world, thereby doing serious damage to our economy. Stranger still, this is not some dystopian, Corbynista...

Policing and Crime Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I will speak briefly to the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Neill. On two occasions, this House has previously considered the subject of whether Leveson 2 should proceed and, on both, came down firmly in favour of it going ahead. Whether or not the noble Baroness decides to test the opinion of the House today, it is important that the Government be reminded...

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I need to correct an error that the Minister made in his speech. He described my speech as being critical of the Pilling review and calling it a sham. Hansard will show I made no reference to the Pilling review so it is rather unlikely that I called it a sham.

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I did not make any reference to the Pilling review.

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, for his excellent speech and for the report of his committee. I start by making it absolutely clear that I am an ardent supporter of our free press—our free and disruptive press, which relentlessly holds to account those in power, whoever and wherever they are. I should also declare that I have a small interest in a company that helps...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Commons Reasons (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I thank the noble Earl for giving way. I would like to share with him a direct quotation from one of the six members of the Leveson inquiry—someone with whom I spoke this morning. He said, “The consultation announced this week is just a shabby stunt, probably concocted by Paul Dacre, to defer the betrayal of the victims of press abuse—past and future—until this Bill...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, if the noble Earl is so confident that none of the unintended consequences listed in Amendment 252A can occur, and that the Government do not want them to occur, what is his objection to putting them into the Bill?

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I shall rise to that opportunity. Amendment 251, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Harris, and my noble friends Lord Paddick and Lady Hamwee, addresses one particular kind of encryption—namely end-to-end encryption—and it is very good as far as it goes, which is end-to-end encryption. My own Amendment 252A is also in this group and is complementary to Amendment 251. It...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Lord Strasburger: Amendment 118A seeks to prevent the creation and collection of internet connection records. My noble friend Lord Paddick has explained why ICRs are of little security value, and that they would be very difficult and expensive to collect and make use of. The only democracy to try was Denmark, which gave up after years of fruitless effort. It tried again at the beginning of this year with a...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendments 100C, 100D and 100E which have been very ably explained by my noble friend Lord Paddick. When vague and non-specific legislation comes before us, it is perhaps because its authors are unable to be more precise because they have not thought it through or because they choose to not share the details with us. Whichever reason applies in the case of the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (6th Day) (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I had the privilege of sitting on the Joint Committee on the Bill and on the Joint Committee on its precursor, the Communications Data Bill, three years earlier. That puts me in a position to inform the House about one example of how technology has come to this area of law and the Government’s attitude to it. In the earlier Committee three years ago, the subject of the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Sep 2016)

Lord Strasburger: The noble Earl spoke at some length about the utility of bulk personal datasets to the intelligence agencies, but he did not answer my question, which was generated by the revelation in Mr Anderson’s report that bodies other than the intelligence agencies have access to bulk personal datasets. Which other bodies have access to bulk personal datasets?

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Sep 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I would like to put three questions to the Government, which arise from Mr Anderson’s latest report. There are not many surprises in the report but one of them—certainly to me and most other people who follow these matters—was the revelation that bulk personal datasets are used by agencies beyond the intelligence agencies. Perhaps the Minister could give us some...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, this debate on who should appoint the judicial commissioners was discussed at length in the Joint Committee, and we heard lots of evidence on it. The conclusion was that the commissioners might be a little more independent if they were appointed by the Lord Chief Justice rather than by the Prime Minister. Certainly, the perception of their independence would be greatly enhanced if...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I just wonder whether all the expenditure that the Minister is listing does not apply just as much to the commissioners as to any commission.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, my noble friend is quite right: I feel the need to intervene on Amendment 176A. There seems to be a strong consensus among the bodies that considered the Bill in its draft stages and beforehand that there should be a commission rather than commissioners. The Joint Committee made this very clear in its recommendation 114: “It is unclear to us why the Home Office chose to create...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, while my noble friend searches for his notes, would it be appropriate for me to make my short speech on this matter? No? I was just trying to help.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, the Committee will get a feeling of déjà vu. I rise to speak to Amendment 159 and others, and start by acknowledging that equipment interference—hacking, in common parlance—with a person’s computer or phone can be justified by known or suspected threats or by an actual incidence of serious crime. However, I still have two concerns. Some types of hacking...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I thank the House for an interesting and lively debate, which this subject absolutely deserves. I am somewhat disconcerted by an assertion made by the Minister and one or two other noble Lords. Just because the Bill has been heavily scrutinised—I fully recognise that, and if it is the most scrutinised Bill in the history of this House, so be it—it does not mean that we...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I assure my noble friend and the noble Lord, Lord King, that the report by the Joint Committee was not unanimous. We had something like 10 divisions, and for some peculiar reason I found myself on the wrong end of most of them.


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