Results 141–160 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill (11 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the Bill, which we on these Benches wholeheartedly support, arrives against a background in this country of a culture of voluntary work; we have a considerable voluntary sector of long standing. Bearing that in mind, there is always a need for the long-term funding of projects and, in the light of that, a need for matching strategies, particularly for charities. In addition to...

Communications Bill (8 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I rose from these Benches at Report to talk about the importance of community radio and television. We are grateful that the Government have seen fit to table their own amendments which concede provision for Clause 356 to be extended to cover the possibility of supporting future community television. This is perhaps the minimum necessary for the Bill to recognise the increasingly...

Communications Bill (8 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I spoke to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Lea, on Report. I was unfortunately unable to be at the meeting, to which I was invited, but I am delighted that the Government are taking the matter seriously. As a country, we are very proud of our long-established culture of drama and literature, particularly of the way in which that has been taken up in broadcasting. The points...

Communications Bill (2 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 210: Leave out Clause 352 and insert the following new Clause— "GRANTS TO COMMUNITY MEDIA (1) OFCOM shall make such payments as they consider appropriate to a fund established under this section, to be known as the Community Media Fund. (2) The Fund shall be under the management of a body established for the purposes of this section, which shall be called the Community...

Communications Bill (2 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, Amendment No. 210 deals with community media services and the funding thereof and sets out a new clause to put the community media fund into the Bill as a primary legislative provision. That would give the fund a similar status to that of the Gaelic media service. As noble Lords will realise, an important principle of any funding of community media should be at arm's length from...

Communications Bill (2 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his thorough reply and understand what he said. That will be disappointing to many who are working hard to develop community television, in particular. They will feel that the ability to fund those developments is not running apace with their technology. I understand the Minister's view, and will return to those who briefed us on the amendments, who will...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches agree with the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Renton of Mount Harry, and the explanation given by the noble Lord, Lord Crickhowell. We think it is a sensible approach. I spoke to the amendment last time; in fact I agreed with the noble Lord, Lord Renton of Mount Harry, to put my name to it, but something went wrong with a technicality in our...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I am prompted to rise—and I had not intended to—to speak to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Lea of Crondall, Amendment No. 24A, concerning original theatre. Over the weekend, I was sitting in my car and I heard a radio broadcast by the celebrated actor, Tim Piggott-Smith. As many of your Lordships will recall, he was one of the stars of "A Jewel In The Crown". He spoke...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank all those who have taken part in this brief debate for the support which has been given to the amendment, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Bragg, the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, and my noble friend Lord Phillips of Sudbury, all of whom added an element of their own to the argument. All those arguments added up, as I interpret them, to an...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, that is exactly the point. I would like to read carefully what has been said and to consult the authorities in community radio on their reaction to the Minister's remarks. They may well receive them more favourably than I appear to have done. It is quite clear that we have moved on apace during the Bill's proceedings in accepting the importance of community radio, as has been said...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 124: Leave out Clause 258 and insert the following new Clause— "COMMUNITY RADIO (1) In subsection (2) of section 84 of the 1990 Act (regulations by authority of independent radio services) after paragraph (a)(iii) there shall be inserted— "or— (iv) for the benefit of members of the public in a defined geographical locality or of a particular community and not...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the amendment introduces a new clause to replace Clause 258. It has been drafted by the Community Media Association in consultation with the Commercial Radio Companies Association. It has the purpose of placing community radio in the Bill rather than leaving it to secondary legislation. Community radio has stimulated a good deal of interest, not only among members of the public but...

Museums: Education (18 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords—

Museums: Education (18 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I echo the noble Baroness's congratulations to the Minister on his well deserved promotion. Obviously, there is a great deal of merit in the suggestions of the Museums Association, and we got some encouragement from the Minister's response to the Question. I would like the Minister to give a view on a hypothetical but common case. Were a group of children—11 and 12 year-olds, let...

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 316A: Page 348, line 8, after "of" insert ", or in connection with,"

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I speak behalf of my noble friend Lord Razzall who is not in the Chamber. This is a minor, drafting amendment to amplify the existing definition of consumers in a market for a service. I have some optimism that the Government will be sympathetic to the amendment. I beg to move.

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We on these Benches broadly support the noble Baroness's amendment, particularly with regard to the young in ethnic communities in this country and, beyond that, in the way that she has described. We particularly support her desire to avoid the inertia of the status quo. That is always a danger, and I am sure the regulatory body will be well aware of it. We support the sentiments behind the...

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I rise simply to say that we on these Benches agree with the amendments. I have nothing further to add because they have been so admirably explained by both the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, and the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe.

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 235: After Clause 294, insert the following new clause— "EXCLUSION OF LICENSED BETTING OFFICES FROM FREE PUBLIC SHOWING OR PLAYING OF BROADCAST OR CABLE PROGRAMME (1) Section 72 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48) (free public showing or playing of broadcast or cable programme) is amended as follows. (2) In subsection (2), after paragraph (b) there is...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: Amendment No. 235 inserts a new clause after Clause 294. This is a rather narrow interest but is a matter which has caused concern among broadcasters for some time. The new clause would allow owners of broadcasting rights to charge for the use of their material when it is broadcast within a licensed betting office, otherwise known as a betting shop. At present free-to-air broadcasts can be...


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