Results 1–20 of 27 for speaker:Lord Evans of Weardale

Beyond Brexit: Policing, Law Enforcement and Security (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2022)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I congratulate the committee on a very insightful and positive report. I also give credit to the Government for the trade and co-operation agreement, which has avoided some of the most acute risks that came about to information sharing through the departure from the European Union. In particular, I cite the European arrest warrant, which was one of the most important of the measures...

Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, it is an honour to follow my colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Stunell, in this debate. I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, for securing this debate, which is timely and important. I declare an interest as the chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. I am grateful to noble Lords for their support for the various recommendations that we have made in recent...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Anniversaries: Northern Ireland (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate in 2021 the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland.

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (24 Feb 2020)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I welcome the Bill for two slightly different reasons. First, the police and security services are faced daily with acute and difficult priority decisions about to which of such a large number of potential terrorist targets they should apply their surveillance resources. By taking the decision to put surveillance on target A, you are by implication deciding not to put it elsewhere;...

Written Answers — Home Office: Biometrics (29 May 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by San Francisco to ban the use of facial recognition technology by local agencies due to its alleged unreliability.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport: Biometrics (23 May 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the facial recognition technology proposed for use at Heathrow airport; who has the regulatory responsibility for ensuring that technology is effective and meets security requirements; whether such technology is assessed against a set of published standards; and if so, who decides those standards.

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I declare my interest in the register as the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. However, I speak on my own account. I very much welcome the report from the Privileges and Conduct Committee, which seems to be a significant step forward. But, as the Senior Deputy Speaker said, it is a step forward rather than the final step in the whole process. In particular, the...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: I entirely take the noble Lord’s point and would welcome having a diary secretary myself, but I do not. It is clear that we do not have identical working procedures at both ends of the Palace. Nevertheless, the principles are the same. We also need to recognise that if there are changes in the procedures in another place, we need to consider how they might impact here and vice versa. We...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Data Protection: EU Law (21 Feb 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 5 June 2018 (HL Deb, col 1227), what assessment they have made of the impact of General Data Protection Regulation compliance on small charities.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Data Protection: EU Law (21 Feb 2019)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, or intend to make, of the benefits of applying the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation to small charities in the UK.

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, in view of the time pressures I will seek to make rapid progress, but regrettably I do not think the Government have been making rapid progress. It is new 20 years since the Good Friday agreement. I remember when I was in the Security Service I received a delegation of retired RUC officers who were very concerned about this issue. That was 12 years ago. I engaged with the...

General Data Protection Regulation - Question (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, are there proposals to review the impact of this measure on small organisations? Irrespective of the fact that there is continuity from the previous Data Protection Act, there is concern that small organisations, such as charities et cetera, will be disproportionately affected. It is important that we should know whether that is the case. I declare an interest as the chairman of...

Security and Policing: Facial Recognition Technology - Question for Short Debate (1 Mar 2018)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I join in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, on this debate and draw attention to my interest, as declared in the register, as an adviser to Facewatch Ltd. I think we would be making a mistake if we were to overemphasise the risks of this technology, given that it provides so many opportunities. Like the noble Lord, Lord Wasserman, I was an official in the Home Office in...

Schools Update - Statement (17 Jul 2017)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I draw attention to my declared interest as a governor of a multi-academy trust. I broadly welcome the thrust of the Minister’s Statement, although as a former public servant I am always slightly suspicious of spending commitments that are going to be funded through efficiencies because sometimes what you take with one hand disappears in another. Nevertheless, it would be helpful...

Korean Peninsula - Question for Short Debate (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Alton, on securing this debate. I will comment on two aspects of the current North Korean crisis. First, we are clearly at a very dangerous point in the development of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. What has been until now a chronic regional issue is on the cusp of becoming an acute global one, as North Korea develops the capacity to...

Schools: Funding Formula - Question (21 Mar 2017)

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, while I welcome the additional efficiency and flexibility that come from the multi-academy trust system, and from trusts and free schools overall, does the Minister agree that a reduction in funding per pupil at a time when greater skills are needed to compete internationally, and when mental health problems among young people are increasing so rapidly and causing problems for many...

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

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, there have not been very many points in the course of this legislation on which I have agreed with the noble Lord, Lord Strasburger, but on this point I do. Amendment 252A raises a very interesting and important point. Although I am absolutely in favour, as you would imagine, of the Government having the opportunity to access the communications of anybody who is a threat to us—due...

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

Lord Evans of Weardale: My Lords, I was slightly puzzled by the comments from the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, suggesting that the National Crime Agency did not support these powers. The implication was—

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

Lord Evans of Weardale: I apologise if I misunderstood the reference to GCHQ and the National Crime Agency and the way in which that was phrased. I ought to declare that I am a former non-executive director of the National Crime Agency. I have been very affected in my thinking on this by the extent to which every law enforcement agency that I have spoken to, in particular the National Crime Agency, seems to believe...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members and Peers: Security (12 Jul 2016)

Lord Evans of Weardale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the murder of Jo Cox MP, whether they plan to introduce national co-ordinating arrangements to provide a consistent level of security assistance to MPs or members of the House of Lords who have received direct or implicit threats as a result of their parliamentary duties; and if not, why not.


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