Votes: Investigatory Powers Bill

On 2nd November 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill at its Third Reading. The Bishop of Truro, Rt Revd Tim Thornton,  took part in a vote on an amendment to the Bill tabled by Crossbench Peer Baroness Hollins about the unlawful interception of telephone call:

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Votes: Investigatory Powers Bill

On 31st October 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill at its Third Reading. The Bishops of Chester and Truro took part in a vote on an amendment to the Bill tabled by Crossbench Peer Baroness Sheila Hollins about the unlawful interception of telephone calls. Continue reading “Votes: Investigatory Powers Bill”

Votes – Investigatory Powers Bill

On 19th October 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill during its Report stage. The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, took part in a vote on an amendment tabled by the Liberal Democrats. Introducing the amendment, Lord Paddick said “it seeks to remove internet connection records from the type of communications data that can be acquired in bulk.” Continue reading “Votes – Investigatory Powers Bill”

Investigatory Powers Bill – Bishop of Chester speaks on amendment on bulk retention of internet connection records

On 19th October 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill at its Report Stage. The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, spoke during debate on a Liberal Democrat amendment. Introducing the amendment Lord Paddick said “it seeks to remove internet connection records from the type of communications data that can be acquired in bulk.” 

14.03 Bishop of ChesterThe Lord Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am sure we do not want to prolong this debate. As I said on Monday, I was a member of the pre-legislative scrutiny group. You might wonder why a Bishop was invited to be part of that exercise, but I think it was because of this point—the ethics of interference with privacy. I am sorry that the discussion so far has almost become too polarised, because the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, is making a serious point, which I demonstrate by quoting David Anderson in his evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Continue reading “Investigatory Powers Bill – Bishop of Chester speaks on amendment on bulk retention of internet connection records”

Votes – Investigatory Powers Bill

On 17th October 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill at its Report Stage. The Bishop of Chester took part in two votes on amendments to the Bill tabled by the Liberal Democrats on retention of internet records. Continue reading “Votes – Investigatory Powers Bill”

Investigatory Powers Bill: Bishop of Chester speaks on amendment about Internet use monitoring

ChesterOn 17th October 2016, the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill at Report Stage. The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, took part in the debate on an amendment from the Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Paddick on the retention of internet connection records. Introducing the amendment, Lord Paddick said: “the effect of Amendment 118A, tabled in my name and that of my noble friend Lady Hamwee, would be to remove internet connection records from any notice requiring the retention of communications data by telecommunications operators.”

The Lord Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I was a member of the Joint Committee conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill, along with the noble Lord, Lord Strasburger—I am not sure whether anyone else in the Chamber was. I remember a discussion which was genuinely open and uncertain about the practicality of this above all. The issue of privacy has been raised very powerfully by the noble Lord, Lord Oates, and others from the Liberal Democrat Benches. Continue reading “Investigatory Powers Bill: Bishop of Chester speaks on amendment about Internet use monitoring”

Division: Investigatory Powers Bill

On 11th October 2016 a vote took place on an Opposition amendment to the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, in which three bishops took part. Continue reading “Division: Investigatory Powers Bill”

Investigatory Powers Bill: Bishop of Chester speaks on retention of internet connection records

On 19th July 2016 the House of Lords considered the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill on its third day in Committee. The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, took part in the proceedings, speaking during debate on amendments that would prevent the retention of internet connection records.  Continue reading “Investigatory Powers Bill: Bishop of Chester speaks on retention of internet connection records”