Blow for Digital Economy Bill as Sion Simon quits Commons


Blow for Digital Economy Bill as Sion Simon quits Commons

Simon Quicke

Plans by the government to use the Digital Economy Bill to crack down on piracy face another hurdle after one of the ministers charged with driving the legislation through announced plans to step down.

Sion Simon, creative industries minister and one of the main supporters of the bill, is stepping down later this month to run for the position of mayor of Birmingham.

The Digtial Economy Bill is going through committee stage in the Lords, with the arguments about how best to penalise pirates and protect publishers still rumbling on.

The government is planning to bring the bill, which came out of Lord Carter's Digital Britain plans, into law before the election.

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