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Procurement Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 May 2022)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I will focus my remarks on what went so badly wrong with the procurement of PPE and how it should inform our approach to this Bill. I will also take this opportunity to share with the House one particular PPE contract that ended in suspicious circumstances that should concern us all. The first problem with PPE procurement was that the UK started the pandemic from a bad place. Much...

Live Facial Recognition: Police Guidance - Question (4 Apr 2022)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, this technology is used by the Chinese Government to micro-manage the lives of its citizens, so its use here needs strict rules and effective oversight. In the absence of legislation, the police have tried to regulate themselves by writing their own rules, but these are so vague that almost anything goes: targeting people who “may cause harm”, whatever that means. When will the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (4 Apr 2022)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of introducing inconsistencies into the law around marriage if humanist marriages are legislated for before the Law Commission's review in this area has concluded.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Females (7 Mar 2022)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the annual report by the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/Young Offenders Institute Bronzefield, published in November 2021; in particular, the finding that 77 per cent of women prisoners faced homelessness on release; and what plans they have to establish a funded pathway that ensures women leaving prison have access to...

Creative Professionals: EU Tours - Question (21 Feb 2022)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, the UK’s second largest industry, the creative arts, was left high and dry by the Government’s trade deal with the EU. Touring in Europe is now almost impossible for British musicians and other performers because of a mountain of new red tape and costs. Bilateral deals are not enough. When will the Government do what the Tongan Government were able to do for their performers and...

Biometric Recognition Technologies in Schools - Question for Short Debate (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones for securing this important debate on a topic that has shocked the public and caused widespread concern and alarm. I also declare my interest as chair of Big Brother Watch. It is hard to know where to start on the use of facial recognition technology to administer something as mundane as payment for school meals. Deploying airport-style...

Creative Sector - Motion to Take Note (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Featherstone on securing this debate and on her inspiring opening speech. I also welcome the noble Lord, Lord Spencer, to this House. I will focus on one crucial part of the creative sector’s income: what it earns from paid engagements, multi-country tours, residencies and international shows inside the European Union. The Prime Minister is fond...

European Union Touring Visas - Question (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, following the Government’s announcement on 4 August, I wrote to DCMS asking what, if anything, had changed for performers wanting to perform in Europe. Last week, I received a long reply from the Secretary of State that said nothing to justify the claims in the August announcement. Can the Minister comment on the industry’s view that the August announcement contained nothing...

Artists and Musicians: Working in Europe - Question (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, the creative arts sector was completely omitted from the EU trade deal, despite being the UK’s largest sector after financial services. The Government should urgently be fixing this gaping hole in their trade agreement. Instead, they are overselling their meaningless mitigations that do little to reduce the catastrophic impact on British performers and companies. Can the Minister...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I shall not repeat the many calls for urgent humanitarian action articulated by most of the previous 99 speakers around the House, which of course I support. In the short time available, I will focus instead on one issue—why? Why has the manner of our withdrawal been such a shameful shambles? Why is our nation’s previous reputation for integrity and reliability now shot to...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Records: Data Protection (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, what plans they have (1) to write individually to every affected patient fully explaining the proposed data acquisition and its benefits and risks, (2) to include an easily understandable summary of the Data Processing Impact Assessment in any such letter, and (3) to...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Records: Data Protection (5 Aug 2021)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the NHS Digital project to collect General Practice data for planning and research in England, whether they plan to place documents relating to the (1) transparency, (2) accountability, and (3) risks of the project in the Library of the House; and if so, when.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Records: Data Protection (23 Jul 2021)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, who was consulted about the deferral of this project; and which civil liberties organisations have been consulted about the project as a whole.

Spyware - Question (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, in the wrong hands Pegasus is a weapon of war against democratic institutions. I did not believe the NSO Group when it told me that Pegasus is used exclusively on serious criminals and terrorists; now we have the proof that that was untrue. It is perfectly possible that Pegasus has already been injected into the phones of Members of this House and the other place. Can the Minister...

Brexit Opportunities Unit - Question (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Strasburger: While the benefits of Brexit remain so elusive, should we not instead be tackling the serious downsides of the EU trade deal, such as the huge hit to our £111 billion creative arts sector? British performers now face major obstacles to touring in Europe, including prohibitive costs and mountains of red tape. Meanwhile, musicians from Tonga and other third countries can tour freely in the EU....

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Russia: Disinformation (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the written evidence by the Paymaster General to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, published on 3 March, which states that “since 2016 £100m of funding has focussed on building collective resilience to Russian disinformation across Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood Region”, on what that money was spent; and what is the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 73 (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, who has made several powerful speeches during the passage of this Bill. I shall speak to Amendment 81 in my name. It requires the Government to devise a perpetrator strategy to prevent, identify and assess perpetrators. It would increase the number of rehabilitation programmes and better tackle attitudes before they lead...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Report: Amendment 14 (3 Mar 2021)

Lord Strasburger: I speak in support of Amendments 15, 17 and 18, which would remove Clauses 34, 35 and 37 from the Bill. Each of those clauses would, if retained, significantly increase the severity of the TPIM regime or reduce the safeguards against the misuse of TPIMs and miscarriages of justice. Their combined effect would result in a dramatic increase in the powers of the Secretary of State, all to the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 164 (10 Feb 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I support all the amendments in this group but I will focus my remarks on Amendment 167, to which I have added my name. This is a good Bill and it contains many well thought out provisions to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse, but it deals almost exclusively with the support of those victims after the abuse has occurred. That is commendable, but it is not enough. Surely...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 30A (9 Feb 2021)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, as we have heard, Clause 40 will allow the Secretary of State to extend the overnight curfew on a person subject to a TPIM to the maximum: every hour of every day. If the clause passes into law, it will mean that a person who has not been convicted of any offence can be condemned to full-time house arrest indefinitely, possibly until their death. It so happens that we are all...


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