Results 181–200 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I was agreeing with the noble Baroness's general comments and I was agreeing with the particular point made by the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, that the appointment should be made by Ofcom rather than the Secretary of State. I did not explain that in detail in order to speed up the Bill. Now that I have had to have an extra word, I have failed in that aim.

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I thank the Minister for his full reply within the time constraints which he has at his disposal, and specifically as to my Amendment No. 80 on which he was particularly helpful. We shall read carefully his remarks and come back as and when necessary, although many of the amendments to which I have spoken have been probing ones. I do not know whether the Committee agrees but I think we have...

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: No.

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 63: Page 16, line 40, at end insert ", with due regard to the need to prioritise the Panel's activities and make best use of its resources"

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: In moving Amendment No. 63, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 64, 67 to 70 and 80. I shall speak first to Amendments Nos. 63, 64 and 67. The Committee will surely agree that it is unarguable that consumers need a strong voice in the electronic communications sector to ensure that their interests are effectively represented and taken into account by decision-makers and providers. An...

Hyde Park: "Star Trek" Exhibition (7 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, together with many people who enjoy the incomparable space, I am a regular user of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, where I ride my bicycle. I congratulate those who present to us a place of peace and quiet, but surely some standards of aesthetics must be maintained. The exhibition was a piece of corporate vandalism, a visual excrescence, which caused enormous distress to those of...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: In supporting the amendment, I remind Members of the Committee that a similar amendment, put before the House of Commons, was judged to be over-specific. The argument was that accepting the amendment would compromise the flexibility of Ofcom on the grounds that it would place in balance the interests of creators in relation to other interests—the general public interest in particular. One...

Tourism (30 Apr 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Pendry. I am particularly pleased to speak in tonight's debate. Over the past six years I have spoken in three or four debates on tourism and have become somewhat paranoid because I have presented views which have left me feeling rather alone. I am now on the side of the angels because a number of the points I made in those past debates, which...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We on these Benches broadly support the issues that are raised in this group of amendments. The noble Lord, Lord Alli, has eloquently explained the position based on his great experience. I fancy that none of us would disagree about the importance of the independent sector and the successes it has had, and continues to have, in providing vitality in this country's broadcasting output. I had...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We on these Benches have just suddenly agreed to follow the views generally of the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey. We have great sympathy with the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe. We have seen her distinguished work on the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the way in which it was carried out. Some years ago, she very kindly gave us the opportunity of spending a morning there; we saw...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I agree with the noble Lord. If the provision can be tightened to the extent he suggests, we would be happy.

Communications Bill (25 Mar 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, does well as the 46th speaker to introduce a new topic. Most of the other topics have been covered, but I congratulate him on that. I cannot follow my noble friend Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who had a long list of qualifications to speak about broadcasting. I have been interested in the subject ever since I was a small boy when my mother...

Communications Bill (25 Mar 2003)

Viscount Falkland: No, my Lords, I shall not sing it. The hour is too late. The crystal set soon developed into a one-valve piece of equipment, which I took to a terrible boarding school to which I was sent. I had headphones, and hid in the evening and listened to theatre and other broadcasts. When I was at home, I became a film buff as a result of listening to someone called Peter Noble. Those who are old...

Racism in Performing Arts (19 Mar 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, as I said in an earlier debate on racism in the theatre, we on these Benches are, without exception, dedicated to a multi-racial society. To that extent, we share some of the frustration which has been apparent in some of the speeches made today. I can understand that frustration, but I will have to examine the detail more closely. The speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Howells, was...

Licensing Bill [HL] (27 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 94: Page 18, line 42, at end insert— "( ) Upon the application of any person who has an estate or interest in the premises whether as owner or lessee, prior or paramount to that of the occupier, the relevant licensing authority shall enter the name and address of that person and the nature of such interest upon the register of licences, subject to the payment of such fee...

Licensing Bill [HL] (27 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 114: Page 27, line 2, at end insert— "( ) that person has registered an interest in the premises under section 32(6) of this Act." On Question, amendment agreed to. Clause 50 [Application for review of premises licence]:

Licensing Bill [HL] (27 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 80: Page 15, line 34, leave out from "he" to end of line 35 and insert "shall give written notice to the relevant licensing authority and any person who has registered an interest in the premises under section 32(6) and the licensing authority shall not accept such surrender unless satisfied that the person so registered duly consents" On Question, amendment agreed to....

English National Opera: Dispute (27 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the Minister should know better than anyone in your Lordships' House that selling the arts to the public is an inherently risky business and that management, by its very nature, does not like risk. So, when things go wrong, management tends to look at the heart of the business, which is the risky part—in this case it is obvious—and usually it has the good sense to look elsewhere...

Export of Works of Art (19 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. Was an application actually made for an Exchequer grant in the case of the Raphael or the Omai or has the reviewing committee given up?

Export of Works of Art (19 Feb 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Strabolgi, for giving us this opportunity this afternoon. Apart from repeating the congratulations on the noble Lord's age, I am so glad to see him looking so well. I know that he has had a period of poor health and he is back looking his shining best. This is an elegant document, beautifully written and presented. So far as I can see, it...


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