Results 1–20 of 1218 for speaker:Lord Macdonald of Tradeston

Brexit: Creative Industries - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2017)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for this timely opportunity to discuss the impact of Brexit on the creative industries. As might be anticipated in sectors such as film and television, both of which are active in production and distribution internationally, the reaction to the EU referendum result was largely negative. A poll of PACT members showed that 85% were...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, two years ago, when your Lordships debated the Deregulation Bill in Grand Committee, the noble Lord, Lord Grade, moved an amendment to repeal Section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and almost all noble Lords supported repeal. The noble Lord, with his wide media experience, highlighted again today how broadcasters in the United States are able to invest billions...

Digital Skills (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2016)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, on her chairing of our Select Committee and her excellent introduction to the debate. Much will have changed in the ever-expanding digital world in the 16 months since our report was published. We offered our conclusions to, and drafted a digital agenda for, whichever Government might be elected at last year’s May general...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (19 May 2016)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I welcome this early opportunity to comment on the White Paper published last week, A BBC for the Future: A Broadcaster of Distinction. An 11-year term for the new BBC charter is in line with past practice of 10 years, with the extra year designed to delay partisan pressure until after the general election fixed for 2025. However, the proposed “health check” review of the BBC...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Best, and the Communications Committee for this excellent debate based on their excellent report, both of which highlight in particular the importance of better governance, greater diversity and protection against political pressure. The report anticipates that the existing BBC Trust will be replaced by an independent regulator—most likely Ofcom,...

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, recent public consultations have raised concerns that the BBC is too London-centric. While MediaCityUK in Salford helps compensate for the decline of ITV production across the north, other English regions could be better served. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland feel that they, too, deserve a better deal. The Campaign for Broadcasting Equality has also expressed concern about low...

Autumn Statement — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Carrington, for his introduction to the debate. As a time-served marine fitter, I identify with his comments on apprenticeships, on which I now hope to build. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% to be paid by companies with payrolls of more than £3 million per annum, effective from April 2017. It is...

Apprenticeships — Motion to Take Note (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Prosser for initiating this important debate and for opening it so well. Since the 1997 Labour Government, there has been cross-party support for increasing the number of apprenticeships. By reducing the skills gap in key sectors of the economy, the shared intention is to close the productivity gap between the UK and other leading nations. Craft...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, for initiating this debate. A challenge of the BBC’s charter review is in predicting how quickly technology and viewing preferences will change between now and 2027. Remarkably, the BBC iPlayer recently had 343 million downloads by on-demand viewers in just one month. The BBC was, of course, an early investor in the digital...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I follow the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, in concentrating on the full employment and welfare benefits Bill, which hopes to achieve full employment by helping to create 2 million new jobs. The gracious Speech gave Ministers new duties to report annually on job creation and apprenticeships and to report progress towards, among other things, the Government’s target of 3 million new...

Broadcast General Election Debates (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, for this opportunity to discuss the informative and well judged report of your Lordships’ Communications Committee, which he summarised so well in introducing the debate. I declare a past interest in election broadcasting, having been in or around the ITV side of negotiations in eight general elections from 1970, when Harold Wilson lost to...

Media Plurality: Communications Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I declare a past interest. I was chairman of Scottish Television when we bought the Herald and the Glasgow Evening Times newspapers in 1996 and created the Scottish Media Group. To complement our ITV franchise for central Scotland, we then merged with Grampian Television, covering the north of Scotland. Our combined ownership of newspapers and broadcasters caused understandable...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Monks for securing this excellent debate. The growing support for the vocational training and apprenticeships is encouraging. As a time-served engineering apprentice, I hope that it restores some of the esteem that vocational training once had. Labour Party policy on vocational education and training draws on the work of our skills task force, led...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan said in opening this splendid and vigorous debate, construction across the UK has a workforce of around 2 million, and a need for a constant supply of new labour with vocational skills and technical expertise to meet the demands of architecture and infrastructure that can be on the frontiers of radical design. In the UK we are not...

Deregulation Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I hope to persuade the Government to consider an amendment to the Deregulation Bill. I declare an interest having formerly worked in independent television for 30 years. Like my noble friend Lord Dubs and the noble Lord, Lord Grade, who spoke earlier, my concern is that the content of our public service broadcasters—BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five—is increasingly being...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, it is my privilege to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bamford, on such an attractive and authoritative maiden speech. His mastery of business is evident in the outstanding global success of his family business, JCB, which I think is now the world’s third largest construction equipment manufacturer. His expert report, commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2012, argued...

Culture: Cinema — Question for Short Debate (2 Apr 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I declare my interest as a former governor of the British Film Institute. I thank its former distinguished director, my noble friend Lord Stevenson, for initiating this debate, and congratulate him on his opening contribution, which framed the issues so well. After leaving the BFI, my noble friend Lord Stevenson worked closely with successive Labour Governments to attract more...

Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2014)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, in his Budget Statement the Chancellor said, “we have doubled the number of apprenticeships, and I will extend the grants for smaller businesses to support over 100,000 more”.—[ Official Report , Commons, 19/4/14; col. 789.] That is, of course, welcome news. It builds on the progress made by previous Labour Governments and strengthens the cross-party consensus on the...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Feb 2013)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, as previous speakers have emphasised, the impact of the Bill must be seen in the context of the radical reforms taking place across the welfare system-reforms which my noble friend Lady Hollis denounced so comprehensively in her coruscating and, indeed, moving speech following the equally persuasive critique of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester. At this late stage...

Freedom of Religion and Conscience — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2013)

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Guildford for initiating this important debate and for his inclusive definition of "conscience" to include non-believers. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion". A small but significant advance was made with the subsequent United Nations...


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