Results 1–20 of 250 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Gordon of Strathblane

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, and to have the first opportunity of thanking him for his chairmanship of our committee—a task he carried out with great skill, bearing in mind that the landscape we were surveying was changing as the report was being written. I also echo his thanks to the clerk of the committee, Theo Pembroke, and his team, and to our...

UK Advertising in a Digital Age (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I joined the committee just after it started this review and just before the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, became chairman. First of all, I take this opportunity to thank him for his chairmanship of the committee—he did superbly—and for his success in finally securing a debate on a report produced a year ago. Harold Wilson once said a week is a long time in politics. A year is an...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (6th Day) (22 Nov 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: Taking up the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell, does the Minister agree that we are introducing, for the first time, vetting of material before it is broadcast, a power that even Ofcom, the regulator set up by government for broadcasting, does not have? Ofcom regulates only after the event. Surely this is a dramatic new intervention.

Growing up with the Internet (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I join the noble Lord, Lord Best, in offering my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, on his appointment as chairman of the Select Committee. Having just been appointed to it myself, I look forward to serving under him. I also look forward to the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, and will listen with interest to what he has to say. Congratulations must go...

Syria - Question (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, if the Government gave £200 million to opposition groups and only £14 million or £40 million—I did not quite catch which it was—was for political support, what on earth was the rest for?

Channel 4: Privatisation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, what a delight it is to follow the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond. I regret that my enthusiasm for Channel 4 dates from slightly later in my career. I was no longer a teenager, I am afraid, but well into my thirties. Indeed, I recall speaking at a radio and television conference in Monte Carlo, trying to make the argument that Channel 4 was not a threat to radio advertising....

Immigration: International Students - Question (10 Oct 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: I jump back to the point made by the noble Earl, Lord Attlee: if we applied that logic, surely we would start to treat tourists as immigrants.

Children: Refugees - Question (13 Sep 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: In considering applications for asylum, will the Government pay particular and sensitive attention to children from minority religious groups, such as Yazidis and Christians, who in many cases, regrettably, face as much threat of persecution within the camps as they did within the countries they were forced to leave?

Rural Areas: Superfast Broadband - Question (11 Jul 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: Given that the Government have now made the provision of fast broadband a universal service obligation, does the Minister recognise the need to create another fund which will focus on technologies other than fibre to reach the most difficult parts?

Television Broadcasts: Audibility - Question (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, while I partly agree with the noble Lord, Lord Naseby, that some producers, in pursuit of authenticity, insist that people mumble, usually in indecipherable regional accents as well, does the Minister agree that the main problem lies with the design of modern television sets? Thin LED television sets have very poor sound systems. I must confess that in my own case, although...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (2nd Day) (20 Mar 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: Can the noble Lord produce a shred of evidence to say that this definition has fallen into disrepute? I see no evidence of it in the yearly polling done by the BBFC on its classifications.

Digital Economy Bill - Report (2nd Day) (20 Mar 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I make the same point I made in Committee, which is that offline and online should be aligned. I am relatively agnostic as to exactly where the line is drawn, but it should be consistent across offline and online. Otherwise, I invite the Minister to confirm that under the government amendments, material it is prohibited to see offline, in that it is refused any form of certification...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I too will speak very briefly in favour of the amendment. It seems that there is no ideological objection to the proposal from the Government. What has happened is that it has lost priority. That loss of priority may be for perfectly innocent reasons but surely everyone recognises that it is capable of being misinterpreted adversely from the point of view of good relations in the...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I am in the awkward position of being unable to give this my full support, which I very much regret. I am now a grandparent, with four grandchildren who watch children’s programming avidly. Inevitably, I watch it with them; I greatly value the British content and want it increased. The question is, how do we do that? We cannot in fairness ask ITV to do children’s programming...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, there is a general air of unanimity and approval for this amendment: I think the noble Lord has backed a winner. Any changes that I have in mind I can discuss with him at some point between now and Report, and I am confident that he would probably agree. Reference has already been made to the difference between the linear services—which are already up to speed and are becoming...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, Amendment 224A has the same objective as Amendment 224 but takes a marginally different approach. I will not go over the statistics because my noble friend Lord Wood has done that admirably, but I would add that PSBs are responsible for only 5% of sports output on television but 60% of the viewing. Their role in sports coverage is absolutely vital and I fully endorse the need to...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I was a member of that licence fee commission under Gavyn Davies in 1998. It may interest the House to know that we had a subcommittee under the late Lord Newton looking at the issue of possibly funding a licence fee for over-75s and making it free. The unanimous conclusion of the committee was that that was a very bad idea and wholly inappropriate for the BBC.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I cannot work up the same sort of enthusiasm for the statutory underpinning of the BBC. Although I deplore interference with the running of the BBC and the licence fee, and welcome the promises of better behaviour in future in the recent licence settlement, it seems to me that statutory underpinning creates a platform for statutory interference as well, which could be a lot more...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment. Yesterday, along with many of your Lordships, I attended a meeting with Channel 4 on the subject of fake news. Here we are not talking about opinion, where people can legitimately take one view or another in a democracy, but about things that are demonstrably totally false. Yet there is no mechanism at the moment for screening them out of social media....

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Gordon of Strathblane: Very briefly and anecdotally, I had a briefing session with Sky and the Motion Picture Association and, as somebody who is in the wrong age group for being able to use these kinds of things, I was absolutely appalled at how easy it is to get hold of a pirated film. I agree with the wording of the amendments; they are sufficiently vague that they will, hopefully, future-proof us. If they were...


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