Mr Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests the UK Government have made to non-EU countries requesting that child pornography websites be removed from the internet; and on what legal basis.
Mr Brian White: The hon. Gentleman has just acknowledged that Britain leads the world in digital activities and technology, so how can he say that there has been no political leadership from the Government?
Mr Brian White: It can be done now.
Mr Brian White: The hon. Gentleman will obviously remember the ITV Digital disaster, which was based on some crazy decisions by its board. He will also remember the rescue of digital carried out by the BBC, which should be praised for what it has done to promote digital through its services. At one point, it was easy to think that the whole thing would go down the pan, and the BBC deserves credit for...
Mr Brian White: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Brian White: There will be a third group, which is the technophobes who do not have a seven-year-old kid to do it for them.
Mr Brian White: I congratulate the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb) on raising this important subject and coming at it from a different angle, which does not repeat the tired old arguments that we have heard before. I had intended only to contribute to the debate in an intervention about a constituency issue, but in the light of the hon. Gentleman's comments I shall make a few more remarks. My...
Mr Brian White: When the previous Conservative Government brought cable television into this country, the sweetener was the use of telephones, which took telephone customers away from British Telecom. Cable TV was not the money-spinner; that was the telephones. That did not apply to the two cable networks that remained with BT—Westminster and Milton Keynes—because BT was not going to nick phones from...
Mr Brian White: Given that we set Ofcom up to deal with such matters, I think it is perfectly reasonable to rely on its expertise. The purpose of Ofcom was to deal with convergence. We have spent a large amount of time in this Parliament talking about issues of convergence, for example introducing the Ofcom Bill and the Communications Bill. Much of the discussion of those Bills was about how to achieve...
Mr Brian White: One problem with the wider debate is that people have talked about digital televisions, rather than digital access to homes. It is not the television that causes the problem, but the access mechanism. If the hon. Gentleman were to focus on that, we might resolve a number of the problems that he is highlighting.
Mr Brian White: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to make provision for the recovery of certain prosecution costs in proceedings for offences giving rise to a confiscation order. In 2001, we introduced the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, whereby the assets of people convicted of serious crime, such as money laundering, could be seized, so that they did...
Mr Brian White: A key point in answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mr. Sayeed) is that market forces are driving investment in the area. If one did nothing, that investment would still happen. Milton Keynes has been a success because it was planned. If housing growth is unplanned, we get housing without infrastructure, as happened around Bracknell and Basingstoke. At junction 13, in the hon....
Mr Brian White: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that one of the reasons why the Government, rightly, tried to bring some order to the matter is that, had it been left to them, market forces would have forced development on the areas that he is talking about? That is why infrastructure is so vital.
Mr Brian White: Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that one of the reasons for locating growth in urban areas was the fear that otherwise lots of villages would get swamped by development? Is that not what the hon. Gentleman is advocating?
Mr Brian White: Is the hon. Gentleman looking at net inward commuting into Milton Keynes as part of the future growth of the city?
Mr Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by year of enactment.
Mr Brian White: Does my hon. Friend accept that if people relapse, they need extra support to go back on a programme? They should not be written off, as that extra support often makes the difference.
Mr Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what pieces of legislation passed in the last 30 years that the Department is responsible for remain to be brought into force, broken down by year of enactment.
Mr Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which countries he has had discussions to request the removal of child pornography websites; and how many such requests have been agreed.
Mr Brian White: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the Home Office in previous Governments has been equally bad?