Results 101–120 of 11478 for speaker:Lord Bassam of Brighton

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (20 Oct 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I have a pertinent question. I am troubled by the rather lame excuse that the noble Lord offers from the Dispatch Box about the “unintended consequences”. Surely it would be very simple to put in place an exemption that barred prisoners from benefiting from that clause. I cannot understand why the noble Lord is so resistant to this particular move; there must be a workable way round it. I...

UK Property Ownership: Overseas Jurisdictions - Question (13 Oct 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, it is hard to take seriously the Government’s claim that they aim to lead the global fight against illicit finance, or the register that the Minister has referred to. The Government claim they have impressive controls, but it is now three years since their consultation ended on the draft registration of overseas entities Bill, so can the Minister tell the House what plans they...

Status of Workers Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I rise from the Labour Benches to support this excellent Bill from my noble friend Lord Hendy and to congratulate him, as all others in the House have, on his excellent and forensic introduction of it. It is, as one noble Lord described it, a very elegant solution. I say to the one dissenter in the House this morning, the noble Lord from the Conservative Benches, that he should...

Sports Participation in Schools - Question (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Team GB’s success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, what steps they plan to take (1) to raise sports participation levels in schools, and (2) to provide additional funding to support this.

Football Grounds: Safe Standing - Question (8 Sep 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, over the summer, we sadly learned of the passing of Andrew Devine, who suffered life-changing injuries during the Hillsborough disaster. The coroner ruled that he should be considered the 97th fatality caused by the events of 15 April 1989. Since the horrors of that day, many improvements have been made at football grounds and these must be welcomed. While Labour supports exploring...

Deep Seabed Mining - Question (6 Sep 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: In the light of what the Minister just said, what metrics will the Government use to balance the need to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging the use of sustainable energy sources for the development of electric batteries against the potential for ecological damage caused by the extraction of seabed minerals used in battery production?

Human Rights Due Diligence - Question (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: A recent G7 communiqué said that the G7 was “concerned by the use of all forms of forced labour in global supply chains”, and G7 Ministers have been tasked “to identify areas for strengthened cooperation and collective efforts towards eradicating the use of all forms of forced labour in global supply chains”. Can the Minister clearly outline how this engagement will work ahead of the...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television: Privatisation (9 Jul 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the board of Channel 4 about the desirability of privatisation before announcing a review into private ownership of the channel.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television (9 Jul 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how Channel 4’s current (1) ownership model, and (2) commissioning strategy, is affecting its performance as a public service broadcaster.

Covid-19: Broadband - Question (5 Jul 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, if media reports are to be believed, the Government seem likely to extend their advice for people to work from home beyond 19 July. We agree that progress has been made in improving access to, and the affordability of, broadband in the recent past, but too many people still find their productivity compromised by variable speeds, temporary outages and other reliability issues. For...

Channel 4: Funding and Governance - Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, one of the big fears about privatising Channel 4 is that the current statutory requirement for it to invest profits back into independent programming through commissioning —the very thing that makes it unique—will be dropped in order to make the channel sellable. What guarantees can the Minister give that the requirement to reinvest will be assured and that Channel 4’s...

Gambling Reform - Question (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Reform is needed sooner rather than later, if we are to get to grips with gambling-related harms. Can the Minister tell us when the Government expect to publish the review findings and associated legislation, and also whether loot boxes, which are currently unregulated, will be drawn into a system of regulation?

Office of the Whistleblower Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I start, as others have, by heartily congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, not only on bringing the Bill forward but on her years of tireless campaigning on the issue, which I hope will come to fruition. Like others, I have done a bit of whistleblowing, so I understand from personal experience just how perilous an activity it can become, not least for people’s employment...

BBC: Freedom of Information Legislation - Question (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I am all in favour of transparency with regard to the BBC, but transparency surely has to be applied across the broadcasting sector as a whole—and to the Government. Can the Minister assure the House that there will be transparency in the decision-making process relating to Channel 4 as a public service broadcaster and any moves to privatise the channel? When will the Government...

Events Research Programme - Commons Urgent Question (23 Jun 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Answer on the events research programme, which shows the devastating impact that Covid restrictions are having on events programmes and the hospitality sector. Public health and personal security must remain as priorities, but this is not helped by the lack of transparency surrounding the publication of the ERP findings. Will the Minister commit to the...

European Football Championships: Travel - Private Notice Question (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, many thousands of fans have tickets for the games at Wembley. Business supply chains and workers have been preparing for them for a long time. Perhaps UEFA should remember that it was the passion of fans in this country in particular that saw off the threat of the European Super League. To repay the favour by removing games would be a pretty disgraceful betrayal. Many traders will...

Public Service Broadcasting (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (27 May 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, before I get into the subject matter, I too would like to join my good friend the noble Lord, Lord McNally, in congratulating my noble friend Lady Merron and welcoming her to our Front Bench. As she demonstrated today, she will add greatly to its talent with her thoughtful and reflective comments and observations. I also pay tribute to my late noble friend Jimmy Gordon who, as a...

Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 May 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, first, I start by drawing the House’s attention to my interests as set out in the register. I work as a director for the charity Business in the Community. I am also a trustee on a number of charitable boards that may potentially benefit from funds disbursed from dormant accounts. Secondly, I thank the Minister for the way in which she introduced the Bill: with care and not a...

Digital Identification Protocol - Question (20 May 2021)

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, on pursuing this issue so doggedly, and I challenge the Minister’s assertion that the Government are moving at pace on this. But it is crucial that our economy and public services move with the times. Bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force acknowledge the existence of risks if digital ID is not properly implemented....


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