All 13 results for speaker:Lord Bernstein of Craigweil

Palestine: Occupied Territories (3 Jul 2007)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, shortly after Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians launched rockets from there into Haifa, Israel's second largest city. An equivalent for us would be the Welsh Assembly suddenly deciding to launch rockets at Bristol. I do not think we would take too kindly to that. Israel's other major cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, are out of range from Gaza, but they...

Artist's Resale Right Regulations (24 Jan 2006)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, I have the greatest respect for my noble friend the Minister, so I regret supporting this amendment but I feel that I should do so. First, I declare an interest. I am a director of, and a shareholder in, Waddington Galleries, which deals in modern and contemporary art. Because of this interest, anything that I may say in objection to artists' resale rights will no doubt be met by...

Palestine (23 Jan 2006)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, in a modest way, I have tried to improve Arab-Jewish relations in Jerusalem. I believe strongly that the Palestinians are entitled to live a secure and decent life in a state governed by their own people. The problem is how they can achieve that when they are faced by the realities on the ground. An article in the Guardian today, headlined Lawless in Gaza, gives an alarming and...

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: I also support the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Puttnam. I was about to make a speech very much along the same lines as my noble friend Lord Bragg. However, first, he got in ahead of me; and, secondly, he made it much more fluently than I could. All I can say is that I support exactly what he said. ITV would suffer from a multi-media ownership competitor. One may say that that is...

Communications Bill (5 Jun 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: I do not regard television companies in the United States as bogeymen. When I worked for Granada Television, we embarked upon a number of co-productions with American companies. On the whole, we had a very constructive relationship with them. Indeed, we sold "Brideshead Revisited" and "Jewel in the Crown" to the US, which were extremely successful. However, that does not mean that we should...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: As someone who works in ITV, it seems to me totally bizarre that it should be the only major television channel in the world that cannot own its own news service. My experience of working within a consortium in the broadcasting industry is not a happy one. To persuade all shareholders to agree a policy, to change and sometimes to take a risk is extremely difficult. I am sure that the...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: I should like to support the intention behind Amendments Nos. 189 and 190. I speak as a former television executive. ITV was set up very much with the public service remit that established the BBC. Licences were awarded to companies which could demonstrate the ability to produce programmes of a wide range and of high quality. We had a very effective regulator over many years who insisted that...

Communications Bill (22 May 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: I also support the amendment. In doing so I have to declare an interest as I have a pension from Granada Television and hold shares in that company. I am driven to speak because I have great pleasure that "Brideshead Revisited" was quoted as one of the great television dramas. It occurred when I was chairman of the Granada Group, and under the aegis of my colleague Sir Dennis Foreman, who was...

Communications Bill (25 Mar 2003)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, I should declare an interest. I used to be chairman of Granada Group, which is the parent company of Granada Television. I receive a pension from Granada and still hold shares in the company. This is a good Bill which has benefited from wide consultation and from the work of the joint scrutiny committee under my noble friend Lord Puttnam. However, I have two matters of concern—the...

Office of Communications Bill [HL] (29 Oct 2001)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: I need to declare an interest. Until five years ago, I was a chairman of the Granada Group, which is the parent company of Granada Television. I am still a shareholder in the company, and I am crucially dependent on my pension to continue to live in the style to which I have become accustomed. I was going to support Amendment No. 27, to ensure that the BBC was more fully brought within the...

Arts Council of England (2 Jul 2001)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Viscount on initiating this debate on the arts. They are an important part of our society and it is right that we should debate the changes that the Arts Council plans to make. I also congratulate my noble friend Lady Blackstone on becoming Minister for the arts. As to the noble Viscount comparing the Arts Council of England to an organisation of Vichy...

Theatres (5 Oct 2000)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Harrison for initiating this debate. I also want to associate myself with other noble Lords who have welcomed the Boyden report which is very instructive. In the 1980s and 1990s I was chairman of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for 10 years. The Royal Exchange is one of the major regional producing theatres that puts on eight or nine productions...

Higher Education (14 Jun 2000)

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil: My Lords, I must thank the noble Lord, Lord Baker of Dorking, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech, although his accomplished speech has made me even more apprehensive than I would have been in any case on this occasion. As chairman of the Granada Group of companies for many years, I had thought that my experience of addressing shareholders at annual general meetings would...


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