Results 101–120 of 2317 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: This amendment addresses the situation where Ofcom deems it necessary to carry out an impact assessment into the effects of a particular proposal it is planning to implement. The amendment states that such an impact assessment must include reference to how the proposal relates to Ofcom's general duties, and in particular how it would further the interests of the consumer through competition....

Communications Bill (6 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister. At this late hour, to have such heartening news is a lovely way to end the evening, for me at any rate. I thank my noble friend Lord Crickhowell for his unexpected support, and the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam. After the Joint Committee supporting our Front Bench and the Minister almost giving me my amendment, I am not sure I shall sleep. However, I thank the Minister very...

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003 (14 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his clear, speedy and helpful explanation of the three orders. We on these Benches, as did the noble Earl, Lord Mar and Kellie, for the Liberal Democrats, welcome these orders which enhance the role of the Comptroller and Auditor-General in the auditing of government accounts and non-departmental public bodies. As the Minister explained, the first order...

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 71: Page 18, line 19, leave out from "by" to end of line 22 and insert "the Secretary of State, acting with the advice of OFCOM, and shall comprise a chairman and such other members as the Secretary of State may determine"

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: Amendments Nos. 71, 73, and 75 are intended to secure the independence of the consumer panel. They do this by making the Secretary of State responsible for making appointments to the panel, while Ofcom plays only an advisory role. That is in contrast to the Bill as it currently stands, whereby Ofcom appoints the members of the consumer panel and the Secretary of State is able to perform only...

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister, who always takes time and care in his replies, especially when talking to me about consumer issues, because he knows that I was chairman of the National Consumer Council and am president of the National Federation of Consumer Groups and the Institute of Trading Standards Administration. I thank him for his kindness in taking care to explain matters to me. I am grateful,...

Communications Bill (15 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I am grateful to the noble Viscount although I am still confused. My experience on one of the bodies which the Minister did not mention—the Gas Consumers Council, a very independently appointed body—is that there is great variety in the way that advisory panels work. My concern, and perhaps that of the National Consumer Council—I shall go back to it, and I shall also think again—is...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, on tabling this amendment, which simply asks no more than that this Bill is consistent with principles upheld in the Financial Services Act. As the noble Lord has explained, the amendment seeks to provide protection against self-incrimination in cases where penalties may be imposed. This is standard practice in criminal cases and is in accordance with...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the amendment. As the words I have in front of me are almost identical to the words used by the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, I shall leave it at that.

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 139: Page 151, line 31, at end insert— "( ) In authorising the transfer of rights and obligations under a wireless telegraphy licence or grant of recognised spectrum access under this section, OFCOM shall have regard to the impact of such a transfer on music provision."

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: This amendment seeks to include a provision at the end of subsection (3) of Clause 165 in order for Ofcom to consider the impact of a spectrum transfer on music provision. The Joint Scrutiny Committee assessed that the capacity of Ofcom and the Government to cope with the real risks associated with spectrum trading—which the Government themselves identified—will depend upon the...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I personally welcome our Deputy Chairman, the noble Countess, Lady Mar, back to her place after her long illness. It is lovely to see her here. I was very grateful for the support of the noble Baroness, Lady Warnock, who described radio stations that I remember so well. The noble Viscount, Lord Falkland, also supported the amendment, although he identified it as a probing amendment. I...

Clergy Discipline Measure (21 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brightman, my noble friend Lord Campbell of Alloway and the noble Lords, Lord Pilkington and Lord Wallace of Saltaire, have all been much concerned with the Ecclesiastical Committee and its size. That reminds me of the saying that the world is run by the people who turn up. Perhaps that is what we have heard tonight. For myself, I shall confine my...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: New subsection (5) in Clause 206 makes it mandatory for the Gaelic Media Service to include nominees from the BBC, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Board and the Gaelic Development Agency. I apologise for not being able to pronounce the Gaelic name. New subsection (7) places a responsibility on Ofcom to secure that the interests of regional Channel 3 services in Scotland and those of the...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 168C: Page 186, line 45, at end insert— "( ) For the purposes of this section, "ancillary service" does not include any service which is not a broadcast service."

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: In moving Amendment No. 168C, I wish to speak also to Amendments Nos. 169ZA, 195CA and 195CE. The purpose of these amendments is to seek some clarification from the Government on the services for which public service broadcasters are allowed to make a charge. Some key clauses of the Bill could be interpreted as preventing public service broadcasters from charging for some ancillary services...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister very much for his explanation of what the Government propose. I shall read what he said in Hansard carefully to see whether it suffices. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support this amendment ensuring the continuation of the analogue teletext service for so long as the digital equivalent is inaccessible to visually impaired and deafblind consumers. Teletext is a lifeline for many disabled people. It provides an invaluable link into the world of television, from which they can otherwise be excluded. We are all familiar with page 888 giving subtitles. The...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 170: Page 208, line 42, at end insert— "(8A) OFCOM shall publish a statement setting out by what means complaints concerning a contravention of a licence condition may be made and how OFCOM will consider such a complaint. (8B) A statement under subsection (8A) shall include— (a) an account of arrangements for the publication of details of a complaint, (b) information...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: Clause 233 permits Ofcom to direct a licensee to take remedial action if it is satisfied that the licensee has contravened a condition of the licence. Clause 233 sets out clearly what Ofcom can do in those circumstances, but it lacks sufficient detail on how the process will work. If I understand it correctly, Ofcom decides whether there has been a contravention of the licence condition; it...


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