MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates digital techology and young people

Source: British House Of Lords News

16 January 2019
Members of the Lords, including the chair of children’s digital rights charity 5Rights and a vice president of Barnardos, will debate the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people, in the House of Lords on Thursday 17 January.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench), chair of children’s digital rights charity 5Rights.
Members expected to take part include:
Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat), broadcaster and vice president of Barnardos
Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for digital, culture, media and sport
Earl of Listowel (Crossbench), trustee of child welfare charity The Michael Sieff Foundation
Lord Lucas (Conservative), vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Identity
Lord Ashton of Hyde (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will respond on behalf of the government.
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MIL-OSI UK: Senior judges discuss use of forensic science

Source: British Parliament News

13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee to ask senior judges about use of forensic science

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill: Lords third reading

Source: British Parliament News

13 December 2018
The Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill had its third reading, a chance to ‘tidy up’ the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 12 December.
This is a private member’s bill. A private member’s bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members’ bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

No changes were made at third reading.
As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill it now awaits the final stage of Royal Assent when it will become an Act of Parliament (law).
A date for Royal Assent is yet to be scheduled.
Lords committee stage: Wednesday 28 November
This bill aims to establish, and make provision for, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care.
As no changes were suggested to the bill, a motion was agreed that both committee and report stages be dispensed with and that the bill progress directly to third reading. This procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged’.
Second reading
The Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian ) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law’s purpose and principles, on 26 October.
Lords news : Private members’ bills October 2018
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