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Results 81–100 of 1600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Fisher

Orders of the Day: Clause 129 — Protected objects (27 Jun 2007)

Mark Fisher: I beg to move amendment No. 83, page 99, line 18, after 'with', insert 'the Due Diligence Guidelines for Museums, Libraries and Archives on Collecting and Borrowing Cultural Material published from time to time by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to that object and'.

Orders of the Day: Clause 129 — Protected objects (27 Jun 2007)

Mark Fisher: The amendments seek to ensure that the immunity that is granted to works of art as they travel between countries is not achieved at the expense of those who believe that they have a rightful claim to those works of art. They relate to works of art that were looted in time of war and particularly to works that the Germans took in the second world war; what is known as holocaust looting. This...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am very grateful to the Minister for giving way. Will she concede that the Bill is not confined solely to correspondence? It goes much wider than that and is not solely about protecting correspondence or the identity of our constituents—assuming that that is the right way to go about doing so, instead of using the Data Protection Act 1998. The Bill covers all sorts of correspondence and...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: This is a bad day for Parliament—a sad day. Members should understand what we would be doing by giving the Bill a Third Reading and sending it to the other place. We are saying to the public that although we only recently passed an important piece of legislation, which should be a terrific jewel in the crown of the Government, to introduce freedom of information in this country at last—a...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I do not think that it has, but I am sure that the hon. Lady will make these points in more detail later—I look forward to hearing them. I am trying to establish that this Bill, by my calculation, has had fewer than four hours' of debate and scrutiny in reaching this point of concluding its Third Reading. It has had four hours' debate, during which time the promoter spoke in its favour for...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's intervention. Of course I have read the Committee's proceedings. They make my point that this country has had 15 years of expert thinking about freedom of information legislation, whereas I believe that the Committee sat for exactly one hour—one hour's consideration was given. The right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border praises the Committee, but he...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: Nobody is saying that the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border does not have support from all corners of the House, because he does. He demonstrated that in his selection of the members of that Committee. I am not criticising him for that, because it was perfectly proper, but the idea that this was serious scrutiny in Committee, as in an ordinary Public Bill Committee, is a complete...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I have always liked the right hon. Gentleman, but I have never seen him as a comedian. The idea that one hour's debate can seriously address the 15 years' consideration that this country has given on this legislation is laughable. If he thinks that a few minutes in Committee represents serious amendment and debate that can undermine everything that people who care about this legislation have...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I cannot remember. The hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) is not in his place. He had to remind me this morning of the fact that he and I were on that Committee. A great deal of consideration—

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: It was certainly not added by mistake.

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: May I just respond to the point, because it think that it would be courteous to the right hon. Gentleman to do so? I am sure that the Minister will confirm that the present Leader of House, the then Home Secretary, thought about this very carefully indeed. As he says himself, he was in two minds and wondered whether or not to include Parliament. He reached the conclusion that Parliament...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border is addressing the sensitivities and shyness of parliamentarians about their correspondence, expenses and information. I do not know how much he has studied such legislation throughout the world, but I do not think he understands what an enormously dramatic thing he is doing and how completely he is...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: But chief constables, health authorities and other public bodies are not. Why should they struggle to try to work out what is left of the Freedom of Information Act if we are exempting ourselves?

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I agree. This House in its wisdom decided to go around the sort of problems that the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border has identified in a different way—to lock together the data protection legislation and the freedom of information legislation and so deal with sensitive and difficult areas of confidentiality and related issues. We could have chosen to make a blanket exemption...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: That is a fine intervention and I hope that the hon. Lady catches your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, so that she can elaborate on those points. I say to the promoter of the Bill that I do not doubt the sincerity of his belief that there is a problem. However, he is acting on anecdotal evidence. He says that much evidence has been brought to the House of Commons Commission—I am not sure whether...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: Let me finish the point. All of us on both sides of the House agree that one of the best appointments to a public body that the Government have made has been that of Mr. Richard Thomas as Information Commissioner. He has gained plaudits from everybody. He has integrity, he is tough and he is extremely knowledgeable, yet his office has received none of the complaints or queries that the right...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that. Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am only too aware that many people want to speak; your colleague Madam Deputy Speaker brought that fact to our attention. I think that it was very wrong that today on Report there were only two speeches. No one on the Labour Back Benches was invited to speak, although earlier in the week the Speaker had ruled, in answer to a...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I will not argue the toss with you, Mr. Deputy Speaker—I would not dream of it—but the Members who wished to speak were in the Chamber all the time. They were trying to catch Madam Deputy Speaker's eye, but were not fortunate enough to do so. It is simply not the case that the Bill has had major scrutiny and consideration. Debate has been hugely curtailed today. I am trying to emphasise...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am trying to do that, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am just trying to emphasise the point that the Bill will subject the House to derision, and bring it into contempt and discredit. We should take that very seriously. In my 24 years in this place I do not think that I have ever criticised the Chair before, but—

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Exemption of House of Commons and House of Lords (18 May 2007)

Mark Fisher: Right. Well, I did not realise that what I was about to say was out of order in any way, but if I am not allowed to make the point that I was about to make about the way in which we have conducted the affairs of Parliament this morning, I will find other avenues in which to pursue those concerns and anxieties. Those concerns are a different but added way in which the Bill, and the manner in...


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