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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...

New Clause 1 — Natural Justice (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: While we are talking about a Bill of Rights from a few centuries ago, let me check that the wording of new clause 2 is meant to be as printed in the Order Paper, namely that nothing in the Act shall be “constructed” by any court as affecting the Bill of Rights 1689. Should that read “construed”, or is it a special language from 1689?

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I want to say briefly that when we deal with a Bill about complaints against the national health service, we inevitably concentrate on the complaints. However, an essential part of this debate should be a recognition that, by and large, the national health service does a fantastic job and its doctors, nurses, managers and support staff are dedicated to the improvement of people’s lives,...

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend has made a valid point about the remaining number of private Members’ Fridays. I hope that the ombudsman will at least read this debate and recognise that it would be best practice to put into her report the relevant time—in other words, as amendment 3 says, “before the end of that period”.

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Might one not read that in a positive way by saying that if the complaints are found not to have been justified that suggests that the national health service is doing a pretty good job?

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) suggests that I might like to address amendments 1 and 2. During the last debate, my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (Mr Nuttall) pointed out that I was not suggesting that the health service ombudsman should keep the complainants properly informed and I said that I was persuaded that it was not actually necessary to do so. What I...

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: How does my hon. Friend deal with the problem that there might be some issues that are outside the control of the ombudsman? For example, the ombudsman might be hoping for a response from a health provider that he is simply not getting. How would the ombudsman then obey the statutory duty that we would be applying?

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: After hearing valuable comments from both sides of the House, I have come to the conclusion that my new clauses would not be helpful and I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is right to say that there is a one-in-100 chance of a complaint taking more than a year to be dealt with, but I should perhaps have said that there are only about three chances in 100 of a complaint being dealt with at all, because so many of them are outside the scope of what the ombudsman can look into in the first place.

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Would my right hon. Friend like to reflect on the strange coincidence of the number of Eric Forth’s laws we are looking at and the fact that he hated laws of all sorts?


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