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Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for his comments. From what he says I suspect that the Government are not quite there yet. However, I hope that my amendments will help to encourage them along a path of some form of regulation in this area. I suspect that the arguments my noble and learned friend used were similar to those that were first used when financial audit was...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I draw noble Lords’ attention to my interests in the register, particularly to the fact that I am chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council, chair of the advisory board of Thales UK and a member of the advisory board of IRM, among other cyber-interested companies. This Bill is about the digital economy, but it contains very little mention of security. Yet...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, conscious as I am of the time, I shall simply say that I hope that the Minister will be able to respond positively to this for the very good reasons given by both noble Lords who have just spoken. It is a matter of natural fairness; it reflects the convergence issues which have been spoken about in this Committee already; it reflects the technological tsunami that my noble friend...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, has just given the speech that I was rather expecting the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, to give. The amendment suggests that the Government should be completely out of the running of the BBFC, yet in his very interesting and important remarks, the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, said that he was a bit concerned that the Government should think it right for...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, these are very important amendments. There is a concern that BT has tended to invest just enough in a particular area to make it uneconomic for competitors to come in and provide services there. This may just be a natural complaint by people who have been beaten fair and square in the marketplace, because BT is a very large and effective company which is, in many respects, a...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, I will address the House on Amendment 5, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn. We all want to prevent digital exclusion and this is clearly an admirable way of attempting to do so. But the noble Lord suggests that, “any excess costs … shall not be paid by users of communication service providers”. So those excess costs need to be paid, presumably by...

Digital Economy Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: My Lords, one issue that has not been raised in this debate so far is the effect on small businesses in rural areas of the poverty of mobile telephone networks. That, combined with slow or poor, and sometimes non-existent, broadband speeds, puts rural businesses at a disadvantage. So I have a great deal of sympathy with the amendments that have been spoken to, and I hope that the Minister...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: While I reach the same conclusion as the noble Lord, Lord West of Spithead, I am afraid I do so without any of his certainty and with none of his panache, for which I must apologise, because I share the concerns expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. I must begin by paying tribute to the Minister for his stamina—he is clearly a young man—and I should draw the attention of...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, it is easy to say that it is a great honour to join your Lordships’ House, but it is hard to convey quite how much it means to me. I thank my supporters, my noble friends Lady Stowell and Lady Bottomley, and my mentor, my noble friend Lady Browning, for their unstinting encouragement and help. I am afraid I shall continue to need it, having already sat on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in connection with the Post Office mediation scheme, the Post Office has just sacked the independent investigator, Second Sight, and told it to destroy all its papers? Does he agree that it is essential that Second Sight’s second report should not be suppressed, but should be supplied to sub-postmasters and MPs, starting with the hon. Member for West...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Speaking as a raving Europhile, I want my hon. Friend to be aware that many of my best friends are European judges. While they may be unelected, they do have faces.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Speaking as a raving Europhile, I want my hon. Friend to be aware that many of my best friends are European judges. While they may be unelected, they do have faces.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have been looking at clause 2, which states: “The Secretary of State shall exercise his powers under this Act to promote the health service as an efficient service based on mutual cooperation and social solidarity”. I wonder whether my hon. Friend might get on to the question of whether clause 1 is simply duplicated in clause 2, so that clause 1 is not necessary at all. I hope...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have been looking at clause 2, which states: “The Secretary of State shall exercise his powers under this Act to promote the health service as an efficient service based on mutual cooperation and social solidarity”. I wonder whether my hon. Friend might get on to the question of whether clause 1 is simply duplicated in clause 2, so that clause 1 is not necessary at all. I hope...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: To be clear, my hon. Friend is saying not that he disapproves of value for money, but that he does not think it is appropriate to insert the term in this legislation at this point. Is that right?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: To be clear, my hon. Friend is saying not that he disapproves of value for money, but that he does not think it is appropriate to insert the term in this legislation at this point. Is that right?


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