Ben Bradshaw

Working Hard for Exeter

Question on GCHQ

In light of recent disclosures of classified US documents I asked the foreign secretary a question regarding data protection and the proposed EU- America trade deal.

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab): Given the rather different approaches to privacy and data protection in Europe and the United States, what assessment has the Foreign Secretary made of the potential for this controversy to impact on the successful outcome of the EU-America free trade deal, and what are the Government doing to prevent it from having such an impact?

Mr Hague: I have no evidence of any such impact. Over the coming days, the Government and our European partners will be putting great effort into ensuring that rapid progress is made on a transatlantic trade and investment partnership. I see no reason why the questions raised in the media over the past few days should have a significant impact on that.

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