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Covert Surveillance By Local Councils

EDM number 697 in 2010-12, proposed by Robert Halfon on 08/09/2010.
Categorised under the topics of Freedom of information and Local government.

That this House is concerned by the moral hazard involved in covert surveillance by local councils; regrets that this was enabled and encouraged by the previous Labour Government's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; notes that freedom of information requests by the organisation BigBrotherWatch have revealed that in the last two years alone, local councils have carried out over 8,500 separate covert surveillance operations under this legislation, which is equal to over 11 new surveillance operations every day; further notes that the previous Labour Government encouraged this through deliberate policy, and thereby created a culture of surveillance, where an individual's right to privacy was significantly eroded; and therefore welcomes the new Government as it stands firm in restoring Britain's ancient freedoms and civil liberties.

This motion has been signed by a total of 9 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Robert Halfon08/09/2010HarlowConservativeProposed
Peter Bottomley08/09/2010Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Eric Illsley09/09/2010Barnsley CentralLabourWithdrawn
David Tredinnick09/09/2010BosworthConservativeSeconded
Elfyn Llwyd13/09/2010Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Mike Hancock14/09/2010Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
David Davis14/09/2010Haltemprice and HowdenConservativeSigned
Jonathan Edwards14/09/2010Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Mark Reckless16/09/2010Rochester and StroodConservativeSigned

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