Draft Communications Data Bill

Home Department written question – answered on 19th November 2012.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which civil liberties organisations she has met to discuss her draft Communications Data Bill.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 8 November 2012

Home Office Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 20 Nov 2012 11:51 pm (Report this annotation)

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 22 Nov 2012 1:24 am (Report this annotation)

During the Draft Communications Data Bill Committee on the 31st of October 2012 the Home Secretary was asked:

"Did you, before deciding on the breadth of the new powers, consult any of the organisations concerned with protecting privacy and human rights?"

Her response was:

"There have been, throughout the course of this, a number of discussions with certain organisations about their views on this."

Asked to elaborate she added:

"For example, I have had a very early discussion on this and a number of other matters with, certainly, one organisation. Officials have been discussing, have had other people in, and have had a number of meetings with individuals and organisations who take a different view from the Government".

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