Results 161–180 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I thank the Minister for replying so carefully and courteously, as he normally does. The noble Lord did not address the important point about the anomaly that Sky and cable television are able to charge because their channels are encrypted but that the free-to-air terrestrial ones are not, encouraging rights owners to avoid showing sporting events on a free-to-air basis. That is a direct...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: On these Benches, we support what the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, has just said. The word "suitable" is extremely sloppy, weak and subjective. Should a club decide that it wants a certain standard of dress or behaviour, it refers to "suitable" behaviour. Who knows what the behaviour will be? The wording needs to be stronger and "substantial" seems to be the appropriate word in this case. I...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We all love the noble Lord, Lord Peyton of Yeovil, no less than the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Oldham. I agree in general terms with what the noble Lord, Lord Peyton, said. But we are all human beings, and, human nature being as it is, we all favour our own amendments. We hope—vainly, often—to have our proposals included in the Bill. It would be unnatural of me not to think that the Bill...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 199A: Page 247, line 6, at end insert— "( ) In determining appropriate proportions for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), OFCOM shall have regard to the number of viewers of the public service channel in question."

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I beg to move Amendment No. 199A which is, in fact, Amendment No. 201 that has been re-tabled. I also speak to Amendments Nos. 215, 224 and 234. I apologise to the Committee for an error that has crept into Amendment No. 224 where there is a reference to subsection (1). It should be subsection (3). I hope the committee will indulge me in nevertheless allowing me to refer to this amendment....

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I am grateful to the Minister for his full and interesting reply. I am also grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, for his amplification to the content of the amendment, which I moved in his name. The debate has been lively and fascinating. We have reached a subject central to the changes which are taking place or are envisaged in the Bill. I am grateful also to my noble friend Lord...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 189: Page 232, line 43, leave out subsection (2) and insert— "(2) The public service remit for every regional Channel 3 service is the provision of a wide range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular, includes a substantial range of high quality original production and satisfies the tastes and interests of the part of the United Kingdom for which...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: The noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, has asked my noble friend Lord McNally and me to move this amendment for him in his place. At the same time I shall also speak to Amendment No. 190, which is down both in my name and that of my noble friend Lord McNally. Amendment No. 189 concerns the Channel 3 service, which was the subject of some debate in the pre-legislative scrutiny that was chaired by the...

Horses (2 Jun 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I hope that the House will accept that in speaking from these Benches I am in no way anti-European when I ask how likely it is that we would be discussing passports for horses, ponies and donkeys if we were not members of the European Union. I suggest that the issue has little relevance to our horse culture. I cast my mind back to discussions that we had on dangerous dogs some years...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I support strongly the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Lea of Crondall. High quality broadcasting of drama has been a feature not only on television but, before that, on the radio as well. It is an absolute cornerstone of public service broadcasting. In the past fortnight, I have had dinner here with an independent producer of high quality drama, who is extremely concerned about the...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I speak to the amendments to which my noble friend Lord McNally has put his name. I freely confess, as this is clearly a probing amendment, that we on these Benches recognise the complexity behind the amendments in terms of predicting the future. After all, music is one of this country's major cultural exports. It accounts for about £5 billion worth of business, and the local commercial...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: moved Amendment No. 172: Page 216, line 42, leave out subsection (7).

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: In moving Amendment No. 172, I shall speak also to Amendment No. 173. Amendment No. 172 relates to local digital television services and to Clause 241(7), which provides powers for Ofcom to introduce restrictions on the inclusion of advertising and sponsorship. The amendment would delete the subsection in its entirety on the basis that it provides Ofcom with powers to introduce an unnecessary...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I thank the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, for what was by and large a sympathetic, detailed and thoughtful response. These are difficult problems and unforeseeable events will have to be dealt with in the future. I shall study carefully what he has said and, if necessary, return to the matter at a later stage. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We support this amendment, and look forward to the clarification that doubtless the noble Baroness is about to give to the Committee.

Samuel Pepys: Tercentenary of Death (21 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, does the noble Baroness not agree that, apart from the attributes mentioned by the noble Earl, Samuel Pepys was a remarkable Englishman from a relatively modest background who made use of powerful patronage—the patronage of the noble Earl's forebear—and with great skill and talent occupied high office? Does she further agree that he did more than that; he left an unequalled...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: This is clearly a probing amendment, and we share many of the views expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox. It would clearly be wrong if a digital spectrum trade allowed a particular digital radio broadcaster to dominate the relevant market in a way that allowed him—or it—to compete unfairly. In the event that this is likely to occur, one would expect Ofcom to require clearance or...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: The noble Baroness has done the Committee a service in moving these probing amendments, which cover tricky, sensitive problems. We look forward very much to the noble Lord's response. My understanding is that the amendments would alter the current position on restricted covenants and other restrictions relating to satellite dishes and so on. It is still a difficult, complicated business that...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: We support the amendment.

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Viscount Falkland: I rise to support many of the remarks made by the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox, and, particularly, the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, about the appointment by Ofcom. We on these Benches support that view absolutely.


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