Friday, July 19, 2013

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill [HL]

The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill [HL] passed its Second Reading today, and the Government suggested it will facilitate the legislation, which will now go to committee stage. The Bill is therefore almost certain to become law.

Lord Quirk was amongst those to speak -

Lord Quirk: ... let me end in noting something surely perverse, if constitutionally sound enough, about the Bill before us. It seeks to grant Alan a pardon when what, surely, all of us would prefer is to be pardoned by him - to receive a pardon from him.

Baroness Trumpington worked at Bletchley Park

Baroness Trumpington acknowledged the apology by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but added that this Government should go further to recognise the debt this country owes to Alan Turing.

Video of Second Reading

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