Bills in Parliament, with no oversight by MP’s !!

January 21, 2010

There’s a new bill in parliament regarding copyright information. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

and get this, MP’s have been told to that they  cannot review documents on the bill as MP’s CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS INFORMATION.


“the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is taking place in confidence. Disclosure of any documents without the agreement of all our ACTA negotiating partners would damage the United Kingdom’s international relations. This would harm our ability to protect, promote and secure an outcome in the UK’s interest, and the premature release of documents that are not agreed and not fully developed may also have a negative effect on the Government’s reputation.

Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which Ministers are given access to UK position papers on negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. [311447]

Mr. Lammy: I am the Minister responsible-for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). I have no plans to meet with my ministerial colleagues to discuss the negotiation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). I will continue to discuss ACTA with officials whenever there are significant developments. I have discussed ACTA with EU partners in the past and will continue to do so when the opportunity arises.

These comments are edited out of the fulll discussion, but they are clear statements. I wont discuss it will UK MP’s, but will discuss with EU officials.

This was picked up from the Register –

If this was military, or terrorism related, this could be understood. But secrecy with no oversight over COPYRIGHT legislation.

Make of that what you will.


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