Committee (7th Day)
Digital Economy Bill [HL]
Lord de Mauley (- Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills), Shadow Minister; Conservative)
My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, not only for speaking, but for adding her name to the amendment. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for speaking on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, who had done the same. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Monson, for his helpful contribution. I completely accept his correction. Indeed, when I moved the amendment, I acknowledged that it needed improvement. Likewise, I accept and welcome the contribution made by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Manchester. He is absolutely right, especially on the free speech point.
I thank the Minister for his response. He has not entirely convinced me, and I think that he has not entirely convinced himself, that we should let the matter rest. I am grateful for his last few words, which confirmed that. There is still work to be done. For today, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.
Amendment 246 withdrawn.
Moved by Lord De Mauley
247: Clause 40, page 43, leave out lines 41 to 44