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Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, this has been a far more interesting debate than I initially surmised it would be—

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: No, I give credit where it is due. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Arbuthnot, on his amendment because the issues that he raised and the questions posed by the noble Lord, Lord Fox, in particular, are legitimate ones. Although this is not the place to amend or change the Computer Misuse Act 1990, as the noble Lord, Lord Fox, said, it certainly is the place to raise concerns. After all, we...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am looking forward to the correspondence on this; I fancy that the noble Lord’s civil servants will have a tricky job on their hands. I do not think I quite got a response to what the nature of “being kept under review” really meant, but I await word in the future. I have been reading the Explanatory Notes, as the Minister will probably be unhappy to hear, and I can see the...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, Amendment 7 is also in the name of my noble friend Lady Merron. This amendment, as the notes to the Bill’s amendments set out, brings online marketplaces which allow relevant products to be listed for sale within the scope of the security requirements outlined in the Bill. We wish to express again our gratitude to Which? and others for their work in relation to online...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, this has been a useful and interesting exchange. In my lordly world, “may” and “must” are sort of interchangeable; they were a useful peg on which to hang our discussion about the statutory instrument nature of this piece of legislation. I am somewhat reassured by what the Minister had to say about that, and acknowledge that some of the regulations were brought forward and...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (21 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am happy to move Amendment 2 in this group and will speak also to Amendment 4. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Fox, for signing up to our Amendment 2. Part 1, as we have said, represents a step in the right direction on product security. The Bill is, as is increasingly the case with this Administration, a general framework Bill which will have much of the detail filled in...

Champions League Final - Commons Urgent Question (6 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, spectator bottlenecks, closed turnstiles, riot police using tear gas on patient fans and thuggish attacks by local gangs indicate that something went seriously wrong in the planning of the Champions League Final and the police operational plan, yet the authorities immediately accused Liverpool Football Club fans. I have three questions for the Minister. First, what liaison took...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Second Reading (6 Jun 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I feel that I am trespassing in this debate—on this rather light-hearted blue-on-blue banter over the way there—but I fear that I ought to join in because this is an important and necessary piece of legislation and, like several of the Bills in the Queen’s Speech, it has been much delayed and is long overdue. For the most part, we on these Benches support the Bill and wish to...

Border Checks on Imported Goods: New IT Systems - Question (25 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, while the decision to delay the imposition of new import checks spared businesses additional costs at a challenging time, it also called into question the Government’s commitment to preserving high standards of animal and human health. Does the Minister think it fair that our domestic farmers must meet such stringent export controls while their European competitors enjoy...

The Politics of Polling (Liaison Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I very much welcome this new format, which allows your Lordships’ House an opportunity to revisit previous committee reports and consider what changes, if any, have arisen as a result of the work undertaken. Like others, I continue to be grateful to my noble friend Lord Lipsey, who is a paragon in this field, and to his colleagues, for their work in this area. As he noted at the...

Heritage Steam Sector: Coal - Question (18 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I live not far from the Bluebell Railway which, later this year, will play host to the iconic “Flying Scotsman”. That line places specific emphasis on the educational value of our heritage steam sector, and I wonder whether the Government should be investing more in this. Perhaps, as part of the discussions with the heritage steam sector, they could take forward some further...

Gambling Industry: Gambling Reforms - Question (17 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, so far as we are concerned the Government continue to drag their feet on reforming gambling regulation, with reports suggesting that the White Paper has been delayed yet again. Gambling firms pay a significant amount in tax and there is a balance to be struck—we all like a flutter. However, with the Exchequer ultimately responsible for the significant costs of problem gambling, it...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, but I want to shift the focus back to DCMS because we now, happily, have the DCMS Minister in front of us. The noble Lord has a tough gig in this Session with a near-record number of Bills to field badged under the DCMS banner. I give him fair warning that there is such a thing as legislative overload. When I...

Channel 4 Privatisation - Private Notice Question (5 Apr 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, last Friday the energy price cap increased by £700; inflation continues to climb and may reach 10%; we face record costs at petrol pumps and bumper increases to phone and broadband bills; and social security payments are to be cut in real terms from tomorrow. All this is at the same time as fines have been dished out to Downing Street officials for breaches of Covid regulations, so...

Chelsea Football Club - Question (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it seems to be the case that the Government have effectively nationalised Chelsea Football Club—an interesting example of state intervention, I might add. The sale of Chelsea will obviously have to go ahead sooner rather than later if the club is to avoid running into cash-flow issues and facing the penalties associated with entering administration. The value of the club is such...

Exports: Support for Businesses - Question (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, as ever the Minister tries to paint a rosy picture of how our exports are going but, as the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, said, UK exports are underperforming against the rest of the world. Exports across the world have bounced back strongly coming out of the pandemic, yet the UK is the only country tracked by the CPB where goods exports remain below the 2010 average. As a result,...

British Museum: Ethiopian Sacred Altar Tablets - Question (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, while I appreciate that there are some legal complexities surrounding the return of the sacred tabots to Ethiopia, these highly significant religious artefacts have resided unseen in the British Museum’s stores for the best part of 150 years. As I understand it, not even students, researchers or historians are able to view them. This cannot be right. Can the Minister give some...

Football Governance - Question (22 Mar 2022)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the takeover of Newcastle by a consortium with links to the Saudi regime prompted questions about the appropriateness of the current fit and proper person test for owners and directors, and Mr Abramovich’s recent hasty attempts to sell Chelsea also raised concerns about due process. Can the Minister give us some confidence that these issues will be dealt with when the Government...


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