Results 81–100 of 11478 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 9 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, our colleagues on the Lib Dem Benches have made a pretty compelling case here. It is obviously good that we have the Oversight Trust but, with a staff complement of one, anything it does will be light touch. The amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, makes quite a lot of sense in terms of reviewing arrangements and determining whether further legislation is needed to...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 7 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I should first say that our amendment, signed by me and the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles, was an attempt to combine different aspects of previous amendments into a single text. The result is, as noble Lords can see, a fairly lengthy shopping list. The thing about shopping lists is that something is always forgotten; something always falls off the end. That makes their operability in...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 6 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, this is an important topic. It took quite a bit of our time in Committee, has been raised again today and runs as a thread through our concerns. We have had some discussion with the Minister between stages, and useful discussion it was. We acknowledge that additionality has been built into Amendment 7 in the next group, but we are very sympathetic to the call from the noble...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 3 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am speaking on behalf of my noble friend Lady Merron, who signed Amendment 4 but is unable to participate in today’s debate. I should explain that one of our concerns has been a lack of clarity around future consultation. We have already had some discussion this afternoon about consultation, and, of course, it was raised by a number of colleagues during the Bill’s Second...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I do not have a great deal to add. The argument of the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, is very sound and was well made and well researched. We had an interesting debate on this topic in Grand Committee, and I am grateful to our colleagues on the Liberal Democrat Benches for allowing us to return to it through this reformulated amendment. During the previous debate, examples were raised...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate. With the exception of the Minister—although not entirely with the exception of the Minister—all have been rather in support of the amendment. I listened very carefully to what the Minister had to say, and by the end of his speech I was almost convinced that he was going to agree with our side of the argument. The key to...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to his first outing on the Bill. Before I get into the body of the amendment, I perhaps ought to declare an interest. I am a member of several boards of charities, and I work for a charity, so I am rather hoping that if we endorse this amendment, those charities might at some point benefit from it. Nevertheless, it is an interest to be declared. I thank the...

Channel 4: Consultation - Question (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, independent analysis from Ernst & Young, which explored potential business models and remits for a privatised Channel 4, suggested that any change could significantly reduce the organisation’s economic contribution in the supply chain, with the effects felt disproportionately north of the M25. The Government claim they want to level up, but time and again their action has knocked...

Racism in Cricket - Commons Urgent Question (10 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I welcome the appointment and early actions of the noble Lord, Lord Patel of Bradford. He surely has shown more leadership in a few short days than we have seen from the entire Yorkshire County Cricket Club over many years. I would also like to place on the record our sympathy and respect for Azeem Rafiq: sympathy, because nobody should suffer the racist abuse in the workplace that...

Sport: Transgender Inclusion - Question (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, for many of us, sport is a unifying force, whether it is taking to the pitch with a diverse group of teammates or supporting a team from the grandstand. As the Sports Council Equality Group noted, the two main views on this matter “couldn’t be reconciled”, requiring “a reset and fresh thinking.” Rather than attempting to shut down this exercise, as some might, does the...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television (8 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they received to the Consultation on a change of ownership of Channel 4 Television Corporation; how many of those responses were in favour of a change of ownership; how many were opposed to change in ownership; and how they intend to weight responses.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television: Privatisation (8 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will produce a comprehensive assessment of the impact of Channel 4 privatisation on (1) businesses and jobs in the UK media production sector, (2) the balance in the creative economy between London and the rest of the UK, and (3) UK viewers’ access to original and distinctive UK content.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television (8 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) global media companies, (2) UK broadcasters, and (3) financial institutions, about the possibility of their purchasing Channel 4.

Creative Sector - Motion to Take Note (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, on conducting this debate; it is much needed in the House. I look forward to the Minister’s opening foray into debate on the cultural sector and to hearing from the noble Lord, Lord Spencer of Alresford. I do not think it is the Alresford that is next to Great Bentley, where I come from, but I look forward to the speech...

Council Tax: Second Homes - Question (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the Question of the noble Baroness, Lady Thornhill, touches on one aspect of the housing crisis facing many living in tourist areas, but particularly coastal communities. As we found during the 2018 Select Committee inquiry on seaside towns, many local residents face a combination of low pay, high rents or unaffordable mortgages, and being squeezed out of the housing market by...

Competition Act 1998 (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusions) (Revocations) Order 2021 - Motion to Regret (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, first, I thank my noble friend Lord Berkeley for securing today’s debate via his Motion of Regret, which clearly comes from a good place—designed, as it is, to protect consumers from high prices and to keep ferry routes accessible to all. The debate has generated more heat than I expected, but it is important because in our communities at the periphery, there is a strong sense...

Ofcom: Appointment of Chair - Question (26 Oct 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the appointment of the Chair of Ofcom; and when they expect the appointment to be confirmed.

Ofcom: Appointment of Chair - Question (26 Oct 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, the wheels certainly seem to have come off the latest attempt to instal Paul Dacre as Ofcom chair. Reports suggest that the Government are struggling to identify credible individuals with a record in business or public life even to form an interview panel. If the appointment meets rules for public appointments, does the Minister believe that it will be seen as credible or help with...

Private Equity Takeovers - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, according to the financial market data company Refinitiv, private equity firms have made over 345 bids for British companies this year—the highest number since records began back in 1984. We need to ensure that new owners act responsibly, so does the Minister have confidence that the regulatory bodies have sufficient oversight and powers to intervene when private equity owners of...


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