Results 121–140 of 2317 for speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for her reply and the noble Viscount for his support from the Liberal Democrat Benches. It sounds as if I shall not get what I want but the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, will get what he wants. I should just retire hurt. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: We on these Benches do not disagree with the principle behind the amendment. It is important that Ofcom provides guidance where necessary and reviews and reports regularly on its operation. It is crucial that any publication should be preceded by extensive consultation. It is not, however, necessary to be so prescriptive. Even without the amendment, Ofcom will automatically undertake the...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 195CB: Page 241, line 26, leave out "to be broadcast"

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I will speak also to Amendments Nos. 195CC and 195CD. Clause 269 sets out must-offer obligations for public service broadcasters in relation to satellite services. The principle behind these amendments is to ensure that the clause reflects the openness of the satellite platform and the fact that public service broadcasters do not offer their services to Sky or to any other pay TV service or...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for his comments. The fact that the BBC did not go encrypted on 1st June means that we are off to rather a poor start. I believe that all Members of the Committee are aware how nervous everyone is about this enormous Bill and about the fact that the words "might" and "may" occur so often. We shall try hard to obtain the reassurance we seek on the Bill. However, having...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 195CF: Page 243, line 13, leave out paragraph (c) and insert— "( ) that all persons providing must-provide services contribute such proportion of the cost of making that facility available as is determined by OFCOM as appropriate;"

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: In moving Amendment No. 195CF, I wish to speak also to Amendments Nos. 195CG and 195CH. The effect of these amendments is to give Ofcom maximum discretion to decide who should pay the costs associated with Clause 270, and in what proportions. Clause 270, furthermore, should not be activated until six months prior to the commencement of the digital switchover process at the earliest. The...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for that very helpful answer. I shall withdraw the amendment, but I would be interested to know whether he could answer the question about the solus cards. Perhaps he cannot at this stage, but it would be interesting to know whether one card will be provided for a household or for each TV set. Can he give us that information?

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I can understand that. I was just testing. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the amendments proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Ashley, in general and Amendment No. 236 in particular. I am amazed at the audacity of the civil servants that they have put this classic, this old chestnut, this out of "Yes Minister" wording of "from time to time" when referring to the frequency that Ofcom should review the code on the provisions for the deaf and visually impaired....

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: I support the principle behind the amendment but suggest that some sort of compromise position should be reached. The cost of audio description at £700 an hour cannot altogether be removed from the equation, although in an ideal world all programmes would be accessible to disabled people in a wide number of formats. A requirement that it should apply to 50 per cent of every service would be...

Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill (13 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My noble friend Lord Skelmersdale, who regrets that he is unable to be here at this time, requested the noble Lord, Lord Carter, and the Government to take the report of the committee regarding the Bill on the chin. We are delighted with the amendments proposed today by the noble Lord, Lord Carter, which, I understand, give effect to the committee's findings.

Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2003 (13 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister. If I have it right, we are speaking to all four orders in one go. I therefore turn first to the domestic infringements and supply of services orders. While we on these Benches will not be resisting the orders, a number of questions were raised in another place which remain unanswered. The Minister in another place promised a written reply which has not been...

Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003 (13 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that description of the changes required. We broadly welcome the move to modernise the settlement arrangements for UK securities, but I have two questions. I understand that the regulations are part of a process initiated following a consultation document. Do the regulations implement all the changes recommended by the consultation process? Will there be...

Communications Bill (23 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we are very keen to rise and support the Government on this amendment. Amendment No. 22 gives Ofcom a duty to encourage inclusive design. I am delighted that the Government have taken on board the arguments in Committee on an amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, and which we wholeheartedly supported. The new amendment will make a real difference to the lives not...

Communications Bill (23 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I support government Amendments Nos. 23 and 24, and shall speak to Amendments Nos. 28 and 29, which would place in the Bill a guarantee that the content board will evaluate the impact of its actions on business competitiveness. The reasons for proposing this go to the heart of why Ofcom is being formed as a regulator. One of the main considerations in the formation of Ofcom was to...

Communications Bill (26 Jun 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we welcome the Government bringing forward these amendments on premium rate services in response to our debate in Committee. I was rising to speak to my Amendment No. 70, but the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, made my case for me. I take some comfort from the Minister's comments. He has picked up on the area to which the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, referred, and to which I intended to...

Communications Bill (8 Jul 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we are pleased that the Government have listened and responded to the arguments that, along with the noble Lords, Lord Addington, Lord Carter, and others, we made on Report. They have added to the Bill a commitment to establish and maintain an advisory committee on elderly and disabled people. We thank the Government.

Ministers' Interests: Disclosure (14 Jul 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, can the Minister tell us when the Government intend to revise the ministerial code, especially in the wake of informed criticisms from distinguished, recent, past Ministers from his own Benches in another place?

Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies (16 Jul 2003)

Baroness Wilcox: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made to implement the reduction of the number of Scottish Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom Parliament in line with proposals agreed by Parliament during the passage of the Scotland Act 1998.


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