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Paternity and Adoption Leave (Adoption from Overseas) Regulations 2003 (24 Mar 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of the two draft regulations. The 10th Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation in another place, spent time debating the regulations in detail. I do not think that it is right to take up your Lordships' time by repeating that discussion, especially as we on these Benches accept, with some reservations, the necessity for them. It does not...

Communications Bill (25 Mar 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, for me, winding up the debate feels a bit like opening the envelopes at the Oscar ceremony. The House has been full of stars. We have witnessed some wonderful performances from veterans of the industry. The bravura performance of the noble Lord, Lord McNally, as master of ceremonies for the Liberal Democrats, set us off by introducing what he called the galaxy of experience and...

Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2003 (26 Mar 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for explaining in detail what is before us. As he said, the regulations bring about changes to married women's reduced rate contributions to national insurance. Married women who have elected to pay a reduced rate of national insurance will also be subject to the 1 per cent increase that the Government propose. As discussed in the First Standing Committee on...

Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2003 (26 Mar 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her canter through the draft Child Benefit and Guardian's Allowances (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2003. I am happy to accept these regulations which transfer the administration of the payment of child benefit and the guardian's allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Inland Revenue. For benefits to reach those who need them most, it...

PFI Agreements (3 Apr 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a list of all signed private finance initiative agreements.

PFI Agreements (3 Apr 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. When I think of the £100 billion involved, would it not be better, and does not the Minister agree that it would be in the public interest, to have a comprehensive list available, in a timely manner, in a prominent place, and in a format that is easily accessible?

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 10: Page 3, line 29, at end insert— "( ) so far as practicable and in the manner that best takes account of the need to protect personal data, in order to protect copyrighted content, and to empower parents to protect children from harmful content, that open standards for technical security systems are established and implemented"

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: In moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendment No. 23. The amendments consider security, and the need for Ofcom to be involved in promoting open standards for technological security systems, in order to prevent unauthorised use of personal data and copyright content. Technology is developing rapidly, and with it comes the potential to access sensitive information in both the...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for giving me such a full answer, and I thank the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for sharing my concerns. As to whether the Bill is the right place to deal with them, I do not know. We have had a lot of pressure on the subject, and I am quite concerned about the ways of implementing the directive from the European Union to which the Minister referred. For the moment, I will...

Government Debt Accounts (1 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Comptroller and Auditor General has approved the accounting treatment of debt in the government accounts.

Government Debt Accounts (1 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. I am still concerned about the issue of disclosure of contingent liabilities. Why are they still not listed following the recommendation of the House of Commons Treasury Committee which stated: "in the interest of greater transparency, that the existence of all contingent liabilities be stated in the Red Book"?

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Northesk and moved so ably by my noble friend Lord Dixon-Smith.

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 24: Page 4, line 14, after "consumers" insert ", including disabled, elderly and low income consumers,"

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: In moving Amendment No. 24 I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 41, 62 and 81. Amendment No. 24 makes it clear on the face of the Bill that when Ofcom carries out its duty to further the interest of consumers, "consumers" refers not only to those who have the physical and financial capacity to use the latest technological developments but also to disadvantaged consumers such as those with...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for taking the time to respond to the amendments—the importance of whichhe recognised. I thank my noble friend Lord Brooke for his support. I am delighted to know that his name still appears on the letterhead of PHAB. In speaking to her own amendment, the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, also supported the other amendments in the group. The noble Lord, Lord Addington,...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the amendment, as one would expect in view of what I said on the previous group of amendments. I was very interested to learn about the weekly "Link". One learns much in this place about what other noble Lords get up to. "Accessibility and usability" are words that are precious to people who do not have easy access to services. As the noble Lord, Lord Addington, pointed out, we will...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 26: Page 4, line 22, at end insert "and publish the reasoning for the resolution of any conflict between their general duties"

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I wish to speak to Amendment No. 26, but I shall not move Amendment No. 28. This amendment requires Ofcom to publish a document in the event of a conflict between its general duties explaining how it reached a decision one way or another. It is a probing amendment. As Her Majesty's Government have conceded that in the interests of transparency it is necessary for Ofcom to publish an annual...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for his explanation and for taking the trouble to answer my two questions which I still ask. First: what does the Minister envisage will happen between times? I think the answer I received was that he did not really envisage anything, but he hoped that the regulator will choose to report. My second question was: what about particularly difficult or controversial cases?...

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 34: Page 8, line 45, at end insert— "( ) An assessment carried out under this section shall include an assessment, as appropriate, of the impact of the proposal upon the general duties of OFCOM and, in particular, the furthering of the interests of consumers through competition as set out in section 3(1)."


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