Committee (7th Day)

Part of Digital Economy Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 8th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills), Shadow Minister, - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Children, Schools and Families), Shadow Minister 6:30 pm, 8th February 2010

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Amendment 246 withdrawn.

Amendment 247

Moved by Lord De Mauley

247: Clause 40, page 43, leave out lines 41 to 44