March 15, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill

Today the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time. This is called the “second reading” and is the first of a number of stages.  The table below shows how the IPB will have to work its way through each stage in Parliament before it becomes law.  I support the principle of legislation that …

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March 9, 2016

Calling on the Government to Make Private Contractors Accountable to the Public

I asked Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock this morning to confirm that the Government will make changes to the Freedom of Information Act to allow taxpayer scrutiny of businesses providing lucrative public sector contracts. Disappointingly, the Minister refused to make such a commitment. I asked my question during Cabinet Office Questions in the House of Commons today. At present, Government …

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