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Data Protection and Digital Information Bill – in the House of Commons am 6:00 pm ar 29 Tachwedd 2023.

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Amendments made: 213, line 10, after “purposes;” insert

“to make provision for a power to obtain information for social security purposes;”.

This amendment is consequential on new clause NC34 and new Schedule NS1.

Amendment 214, line 10, after “purposes;” insert

“to make provision about the retention of information by providers of internet services in connection with investigations into child deaths;”.

This amendment is consequential on new clause NC35.

Amendment 215, line 11, after “deaths;” insert

“to make provision about the recording and sharing, and keeping of a register, of information relating to apparatus in streets;”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendments NC39, NC40 and NS2.

Amendment 216, line 13, after “about” insert “retention and”.—(Sir John Whittingdale.)

This amendment is consequential on new clauses NC36, NC37 and NC38.

Third Reading

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology) 6:01, 29 Tachwedd 2023

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

This Bill will deliver tangible benefits to British consumers and businesses alike, which would not have been possible if Britain had still been a member of the European Union. It delivers a more flexible and less burdensome data protection regime that maintains high standards of privacy protection while promoting growth and boosting innovation. It does so with the support of the Information Commissioner, and without jeopardising the UK’s European Union data adequacy.

I would like to thank all Members who contributed during the passage of the Bill, and all those who have helped get it right. I now commend it to the House on its onward passage to the other place.

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Creative Industries and Digital) 6:02, 29 Tachwedd 2023

I, too, would like to thank the Clerks for their help. They are always enormously helpful, especially to Opposition Members, and sometimes to Government Members as well. I would like to commend my close friend, my hon. Friend Stephanie Peacock, who took the Bill through Committee for our side. I think the Minister suggested that it was rather more fun having her up against him than me, which was very cruel and unkind of him.

We support the Bill, although I suspect that regulatory divergence is a bit of a chimera, and that regulatory convergence in this field will give UK businesses greater stability and certainty, but that is for another day. I also worry about the extensive powers that Ministers are giving themselves, and the suggestion that they will switch off the rules on direct marketing in the run-up to a general election. Then there is new schedule 1. I repeat the offer I have made several times, which is that we stand ready to knock that into far better shape, whether in meetings we have privately or through our colleagues in the House of Lords. I feel ashamed to say it, but I hope the Lords are able to do the line-by-line scrutiny that we have been prevented from doing today.

Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady Scottish National Party, Glasgow North 6:03, 29 Tachwedd 2023

The Minister said that this Bill would not have been possible without Brexit. I think the expression he was looking for is that this Bill would not have been necessary if it had not been for Brexit. This is yet another example of the Government having to play catch-up and having to get themselves out of the holes they dug themselves into through an ill-thought-out Brexit and driving for the hardest possible exit from the European Union.

That said, I do want to echo the thanks given and the tributes paid to the Bill team, and to the Clerks, who have had to work particularly hard in recent days given the significant number of Government amendments tabled at the last minute. I also thank my hon. Friend Carol Monaghan for her work on Second Reading and in Committee, as well as our research team, especially Josh Simmons-Upton and the many stakeholders who have provided briefings and research, particularly the team at the Public Law Project, who have done excellent work in drawing out some of the most concerning aspects of the Bill. It always concerned me when the briefings came in, entitled “PLP briefing”—I did a doubletake as I thought I was on somebody else’s mailing list.

Although some of what is in the Bill is necessary, particularly following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, much of it represents a further power grab by the Executive and risks doing exactly the opposite of what the Government say they want it to achieve: making life easier for business, and improving public confidence in data handling and the use of artificial intelligence.

The SNP will oppose the Bill, and the Government should take the opportunity to start from scratch with a process that listens to consultation responses and involves genuine and detailed parliamentary scrutiny. If the Bill proceeds to the Lords, it will once again fall to the unelected House to more fully interrogate it. That will no doubt lead to several rounds of ping-pong in due course, almost certainly as a result of amendments both from the Government and from the Opposition or Cross-Benchers in the Upper House. That is sub-optimal, as is the case with so much of what seems to happen down here these days. The sooner Scotland has power over this area, and indeed all aspects of legislation, as an independent country, the better.

Question put, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

Rhif adran 20 Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: Third Reading

Ie: 267 MPs

Na: 30 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 269, Noes 31.

Question accordingly agreed to.

Bill read the Third time and passed.