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Problem Gambling - Statement (2 Jul 2019)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, perhaps I may press the Minister on his comments about technological advances, particularly with regard to what my noble friend said about pop-up advertising. These adverts are insidious. They are made possible by the use of cookies and algorithms, and are directly designed to entrap the people most likely to want to gamble. Can anything be done with the technological advances that...

Written Answers — Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Data Protection (31 Jul 2018)

Viscount Thurso: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether HMRC is able to access UK citizens' bank accounts and other personal data without their permission and without judicial oversight.

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Standards (28 Jun 2018)

Viscount Thurso: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of those recommendations of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards that were put into law through the provisions of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013.

Written Answers — Treasury: Bank Services (28 Jun 2018)

Viscount Thurso: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the availability of bank accounts to small community groups, charities and societies.

Defence Fire and Rescue Project: Capita - Statement (21 Jun 2018)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, the Minister will undoubtedly be aware of the comments of the chief executive of Serco regarding government procurement to the effect that the Government have proved to be the worst procurer and the worst client, driving many large companies into difficulty. In that regard, what assurance can he give the House about the quality of the actual contracting process in this case so that...

Capita - Statement (1 Feb 2018)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, further to the answer that the Minister has already given about SMEs, now that we know the risks of a small number of contracts with some very big companies, will he accept that it is the procurement process that drives people to tier 1 contractors? Will the Government look at improving the procurement process so that SMEs have a better chance to get contracts?

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (31 Oct 2017)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, I have followed the passage of this Bill with great interest but I have not felt the need to intervene. However, today I support my noble friend in this amendment based on two experiences. The first is as a trustee of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, which, as I am sure many Members know, is a well-run fund and gives a great deal of excellent advice. However, it is...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Viscount Thurso: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, although it has been a little while since I last did so. I add my congratulations to the two maiden speakers, both of whom will add greatly to deliberations in your Lordships’ House and who mostly spoke of their experiences in the City. I feel that they will not entirely approve of what I have to say this evening—but I agree with...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (26 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: Parliamentary ICT is trialing and will continue to trial device-independent software supporting open standards. Examples include using HTML5 to deliver services that are responsive in design and accessible on any device.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: CDs and DVDs (26 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: The House Service has no access to information on which it could base a realistic estimate.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Select Committees: ICT (25 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: Apple iPads for Members engaged in Select Committee business were initially piloted by the Administration Committee between April and October 2011. This was followed by an extended pilot with other Select Committees. At the time of the first pilot, the tablet market was very limited and there were not considered to be any comparable products to the iPad. At the time of the extended pilot the...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (24 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: The minimum value for contracts that must be put out to competitive tender is £50,000. The contract was awarded under a Crown Commercial Service framework. In order to be part of the framework the suppliers have taken part in a competitive tender process.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (24 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: Following the election, each Member will be offered an iPad to facilitate use of online services provided by Parliament. These iPads, and the associated mobile data costs, will be funded from the Administration Estimate. Members will also be able to order IT equipment from an online catalogue, financed from the Members Estimate. The catalogue will include a range of laptops, desktops,...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Recycling (23 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: There are currently no plans to introduce dedicated recycling facilities for DVDs and CDs. However, we continue to review Parliament’s waste recycling and recovery arrangements as part of our objective to move waste streams up the waste hierarchy.

Business of the House (19 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I join colleagues in paying tribute to the Leader of the House and the shadow Leader of the House for the work they have done, on the House of Commons Commission in particular. Much has been achieved together and it has been great working as part of that team. Will it be possible to have a debate on the provision of communication infrastructure by BT? It has been suggested recently that that...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I commend my right hon. Friend in setting out a fair path to a stronger economy. Will he join me in congratulating Wick tax office, which has done such a sterling job on cracking down on avoidance through film partnerships, and which is still open despite many Treasury attempts to close it? As the economy grows, will he pay real attention to investing in infrastructure and education so that...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (19 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: I refer the hon. Member to my answer yesterday to Question 227498.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (18 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: No direct discussions were held with (a) Apple and (b) the providers of other devices and platforms in advance of the decision to offer iPads. An independent assessment of the tablet marketplace was completed by Parliamentary ICT (PICT), including cost, but also technical capabilities, such as the ability to deliver committee papers securely, and the training effort required for both Members...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (18 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: The suitability of various tablets for open source, open standards and open data was not part of the assessment in the selection of the iPad. The selection of tablet does not have a direct impact on the use of open source, open standards and open data. Parliament is actively using open standards to deliver services that will work across any device through the use of HTML5. In addition new...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Ict (18 Mar 2015)

John Thurso: In 2013 the House of Commons Commission agreed to a recommendation in the Administration Committee’s report, First weeks at Westminster: induction arrangements for new MPs in 2015, that: “…a tablet and a laptop should be the first pieces of equipment offered to all Members after the 2015 election. The tablet should be in addition to the current allowance and should come with a SIM card....


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