Viscount Colville of Culross

Deputy Chairman of Committees

Crossbench Peer

Recent appearances

  • Online Safety Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 6 Sep 2023

    My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for the great improvements that the Government have made to the Secretary of State’s powers in the Bill during its passage through this House. I rise to speak briefly today to praise the Government’s new Amendments 1 and 2 to Clause 44. As a journalist, I was worried by the lack of transparency around these powers in the clause; I am glad that the...
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence - Motion to Take Note 24 Jul 2023

    My Lords, I declare an interest as a freelance television producer. I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Ravensdale on having secured this debate. Last night, I went on to the ChatGPT website and asked it to write me a speech on the subject in this debate that worries me—the threat that AI poses to journalism—and this is a paragraph that it came up with: “AI, in its tireless...
  • Online Safety Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 228 17 Jul 2023

    My Lords, I regret I was unable to be present in Committee to deliver my speech about the chilling effect that the present definition of illegality in the Bill will have on free speech on the internet. I am still concerned about Clause 173, which directs platforms how to come to the judgment on what is illegal. My concern is that the criterion for illegality, “reasonable grounds to infer”...

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Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 5 September 2011

Currently held offices

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees (since 12 Jun 2023)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee (19 Jan 2022 to 31 Oct 2022)
  • Member, Communications and Digital Committee (27 Jun 2017 to 19 Jan 2022)

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