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Barmy MPs want mandatory nanny filters - for the world

An all-party group of MPs has recommended mandatory nanny filters for all mobile devices and data devices that can access the internet - and wants the UK's Internet Watch Foundation secretive censor system extended to the whole world. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Communications (Apcomms) today recommends: "A global ' …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2009
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Wacky Jacqui defends Michael Savage ban

The home secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday faced an indignant Tory MP, who described her decision to ban US shock-jock Michael Savage from darkening the UK's shores as 'ludicrous'. Smith recently included Savage on a "name-and-shame" list of 16 undesirables not welcome in this Sceptr'd Isle, which also included a Russian …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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MPs battle to save great British pub

A cross-party alliance of over 200 MPs has joined a British Beer and Pub Association campaign to save the traditional British boozer from oblivion. Pubs are being increasingly priced out of the market by tax hikes and cheap supermarket alcohol. The rescue charge is led by the Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester, Bob Russell, …
Lester Haines, 6 Apr 2009
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Oz MPs 'could be breathalysed'

New South Wales MPs "could be breathalysed before voting" following a series of incidents which have led to suspicions that the state's politicos are sometimes less sober than their jobs demand. According to the BBC, the idea gained much favour earlier this week when National Party MP Andrew Fraser - who'd earlier enjoyed the …
Lester Haines, 4 Dec 2008
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Lapdancing 'not sexually stimulating', MPs hear

The Commons culture committee yesterday heard claims that lapdancing is "not sexually stimulating" during a hearing into the Licensing Act which is pondering reclassifying lapdancing clubs as "sex encounter establishments" - something which would make it easier for local councils to refuse them licences. According to the …
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2008
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MPs grill BBC heads over Manuelgate

MPs at a meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee have been giving BBC bosses a bit of a hard time over the Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross Manuelgate scandal, the corporation reports. Auntie chairman Sir Michael Lyons and director general Mark Thompson appeared before an "ongoing inquiry into the commercial …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2008
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MPs (finally) debate cybercrime

MPs finally got around to a rare debate on cybercrime earlier this week. The debate - held on Wednesday morning, hours after Barack Obama's historic US presidential victory - was characterised by much mutual backslapping and many members of parliament praising each other for simply turning up. There are a few nuggets of good …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2008
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No uranium for Russia, say Oz MPs

An Australian parliamentary committee has said that an AU$800m deal to supply Russia with uranium should be put on hold until the latter was able to "assuaged doubts" regarding how it intended to use the material. Former Oz PM John Howard and Vladimir Putin inked the accord last year, and Russia has insisted "it would only use …
Lester Haines, 18 Sep 2008
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Segway shock army to invade Department of Transport

A shock army of Segway-borne campaigners will tomorrow make the five-minute trip from the Houses of Parliament to the Department of Transport in an attempt to convince the government that the scooters represent the future of transport. Earl Attlee, Earl Liverpool, and MPs Stephen Pound and Lembit Opik will be among those …
Lester Haines, 8 Sep 2008
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Science MPs horrified by UK bio-lab management

MPs have painted a embarrassing picture of the UK’s bio research facilities, describing some labs as “shabby” and “deplorable” after years of underinvestment and neglect. The Innovations, Universities, Science and Skills committee launched its investigation after the foot and mouth outbreak in Surrey last year, which was …
Joe Fay, 25 Jun 2008
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Belgian newspapers demand Google cash

Google is being dragged to court again by fresh demands from Belgian newspapers to cough up for using copyright material in its news and web indexing services. Copiepresse, the publisher behind the lawsuit, has summoned Google to answer its up to €49m claim in a Brussels court in September, AP reports. Last year Google was …
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Parliament IT dept is rubbish

Members of Parliament and their staff have expressed massive dissatisfaction with their IT support. In a recently published report (pdf), cheesed-off politicos and admin types fulminated against the Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology Department (PICT). "My career has been spent in the national offices of a …
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007
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HMRC pushes online tax filing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has urged small employers to send their 2006-07 "pay as you earn" returns online. It has issued a statement reminding firms that employ fewer than 50 people that they could claim a bonus payment of £150 by filing online before the 19 May deadline. A spokesperson told GC News it is part of a five …
Kablenet, 5 Apr 2007
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MPs pay themselves £10,000 website allowance

MPs have voted in favour of a government proposal to give each of them £10,000 to spend on websites to give the public more of an idea of what goes on in Parliament, the BBC reports. House of Commons leader Jack Straw told MPs: "The purpose of this allowance is to contribute to better public understanding of what this …
Mark Ballard, 29 Mar 2007

Security can boost privacy

Increased security need not lead to an erosion of personal privacy, according to an optimistic study by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The academics and security consultants behind the Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance report, released this week, reckon it's wrong to believe that increased security means more collection …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2007
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MoD to stop using 'dumb' cluster weapons

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) made a push for the moral high ground yesterday, announcing that the British forces would cease to use “dumb” cluster munitions with immediate effect. "This is an important decision,” said Defence Secretary Des Browne. “We are doing this because it is the right thing to do – but we hope that …
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2007
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GPs unable to track phone services

Primary care trusts are not adequately monitoring out of hours telephone calls, according to a committee of MPs. Out of hours telephone services delivered by GP surgeries are not being monitored because of a lack of equipment, says a report from Parliament's Public Accounts Committee. The report, which examines the effects of …
Kablenet, 14 Mar 2007
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MPs: UK defence project was crap

Another UK defence procurement project has been excoriated in yet another damning Parliamentary report. The project under fire this time is the Bowman military communications infrastructure, a perennial favourite among connoisseurs of arms-procurement cockups. The finger-pointing group of MPs today is the Commons Public …
Lewis Page, 8 Mar 2007

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