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If the noble Lord will allow me, I did not say that there should be no consultation with the Scottish Parliament but I do not want the Scottish Parliament to have control over the broadcasting services.
My Lords, I started off by looking at whether I should make this speech at all. I read what I said last time, in the debate instituted by my noble friend Lady Bakewell, and thought maybe I should not as I said then most of what I want to say now. However, I will say several things, which I hope will be brief. First, as a Scot I do not want to see the Scottish Parliament in control of a BBC...
Well, the BBC is going to continue its life for the next 11 years, apparently, on the basis of the charter that we are debating tonight. There is no statute that we can seek to amend at this point in time. I have to say to my noble friend Lord Cashman that there are people who are accountable to the licence fee payers. They are elected by the licence fee payers. They work along the Corridor...
Entered the House of Lords on 7 July 2004
Previously MP for Glasgow Cathcart until 14 May 2001 — General election
Positions held at time of appointment: Labour Member of Parliament for Glasgow Cathcart. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Also represented Glasgow Cathcart
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