Results 1–20 of 344 for speaker:Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Feb 2024)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Bragg—I hope I can say my noble friend Lord Bragg—for this debate. I draw attention to my interests as declared in the register. All who have spoken, led so eloquently by the noble Lord, Lord Bragg, have expressed a clear sense of the true value of arts and culture, and of the creative industries they support. What is needed, as the noble...

BBC: Funding - Question (17 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, we on these Benches have long proposed that the funding process should be taken out of government control and handed to a genuinely independent body. As the noble Lord, Lord Morse, said, does not the Government’s announcement on 7 December, which would deprive the BBC of £400 million over the next four years—and which came, as I understand it, as a surprise to the BBC—make...

BBC Funding - Statement (12 Dec 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, in 2022, the Government made a firm commitment that, after two years of freezing the licence fee, they would allow it to rise for the following four years according to the rate of inflation. The BBC kept its side of the bargain, despite having to make heavy cuts. The Statement repeated here today makes it clear that the Government have not. The Government’s excuse—that their...

Creative and Cultural Industries: Impact of Visa and Immigration Policies - Question (25 Jul 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the United Kingdom’s visa and immigration policies have on the UK creative and cultural industries.

Creative and Cultural Industries: Impact of Visa and Immigration Policies - Question (25 Jul 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: I thank the Minister for his response. As I think he was trying to say, and as the Chancellor recently said, the creative industries are one of the UK’s five high-growth priority sectors. Skills and talent from a global pool are essential to its success, but it is experiencing widespread workforce shortages from both here and abroad—exacerbated, of course, by Brexit. Does the Minister...

Creative Industries (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Jul 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, I also welcome this report. We are an island with a wealth of creative talents, which have shaped and illuminated our history and national identity, and our modern and wonderfully diverse United Kingdom, and we must remain a brilliantly creative nation. However, we cannot be complacent, because the sector is fragile; it needs attention and nurturing to continue to flourish. This is...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (14 Apr 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to announce a third pathway under the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme; and what that pathway will include both (1) journalists still resident in Afghanistan, and (2) exiled Afghan journalists in Pakistan and Iran, at risk of persecution for their professional activities.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (14 Apr 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask His Majesty's Government how many endangered Afghan journalists have been resettled in UK to date under (1) the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme, or (2) the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, since the withdrawal of British military forces from that country.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Afghanistan: Journalism (12 Apr 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of Afghan journalists currently at risk of persecution in (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, and (3) Iran, for their professional activities.

Creative and Cultural Sector: Social Mobility - Question ( 7 Mar 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of social mobility in the creative and cultural sector, and what steps they are taking to improve it.

Creative and Cultural Sector: Social Mobility - Question ( 7 Mar 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: I thank the Minister for his reply. A recent report looking into social mobility in the creative sector since the 1970s found that there has been shockingly little progress. Last week, in her first speech in the role, the DCMS Secretary of State said about the creative industries that “we need to work together to give people the right skills and awareness from a young age”. Does the...

Security Threat to UK-based Journalists - Statement (21 Feb 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, from these Benches, I thank the Minister for the Statement. We are all horrified that Iran International felt the need to close its offices in the UK, and I look forward to hearing his answers to the questions of the noble Lord, Lord Coaker. For many years, I worked as a journalist. Many of my closest friends are journalists. The closest is no longer with us: Marie Colvin—brave,...

Channel 4 - Commons Urgent Question (11 Jan 2023)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: My Lords, I too welcome the return of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson. He is like the noble Lord, Lord Parkinson: he goes and he comes back, and it is excellent that we have both of them back on the Front Bench. Given that the Government’s approach has supposedly been driven by their concern for the sustainability of Channel 4, can the Minister tell us what plans the Government have to act...

Public Service Broadcasting: BBC Centenary - Motion to Take Note ( 3 Nov 2022)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: I thank my noble friend Lord Foster for his characteristically excellent opening speech to this debate and welcome the noble Lord, Lord Parkinson, back. Keeping up the “Doctor Who” theme, I see him as the David Tennant of the House of Lords Benches. The origin of the word “broadcast” was “to sow seed widely”, and that is what our PSBs have done, beginning with the BBC and its...

Arts: Energy Cost Support - Question (20 Oct 2022)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: The cultural sector needs support. Alongside the effects of the pandemic and now the rising cost of energy there is also the knock-on effect of inflation, which inevitably means that fewer people are able to afford to visit art venues which involve paying. Does the Minister, whom I welcome to his role, not agree that part of the solution is a reduction in VAT on tickets? This would help...

Broadcasting Sector White Paper - Question (11 Jul 2022)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their white paper Up Next—the government’s vision for the broadcasting sector, published on 29 April, will support (1) original British content, and (2) the creative industries in the United Kingdom.

Broadcasting Sector White Paper - Question (11 Jul 2022)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury: I thank the Minister for his reply. Our PSBs are the backbone of our creative industries; they support original British content, talent, skills and exceptional journalism. Does the Minister agree that this will become increasingly difficult as BBC funding continues to be depleted, coupled with the commitment to sell Channel 4 off? This is something that the independent film, TV production and...


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