Results 1–20 of 341 for speaker:Lord Puttnam

Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Sep 2021)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Oxford, although in all honesty I would have preferred to have been book-ended by Conservative Peers, as it is to members of their party that most of my remarks, rather like those of the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, are necessarily addressed. I find it deeply regrettable that so few Conservative voices have chosen to...

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, in thanking my noble friend Lady Morris for making this debate possible, I take the opportunity to wish her a very happy birthday. I shall risk embarrassing her by saying a little more about why the House should not be surprised by how she set out with remarkable clarity both the challenges and the opportunities we face in respect of our children’s post-pandemic future. By way of...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Jun 2021)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on bringing forward a Bill to address an area which, for more years than I care to remember, has resisted every attempt to implement a coherent long-term employment policy. I am no fan of Dominic Cummings but, during his recent evidence to the Select Committee, he was precisely on the money in pointing out the lamentable record of successive British...

Australia: News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code - Question (25 Feb 2021)

Lord Puttnam: Given the lack of transparency that typifies the working practices of social media companies, would the Minister confirm that the Government are working closely with their European neighbours and the new Biden Administration in developing a robust international legislative approach sufficient to bring these vast and seemingly unaccountable empires within the legal supervision of sovereign...

BBC and Public Service Broadcasting - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Mar 2020)

Lord Puttnam: I apologise to the noble Baroness and I do not want to delay the House but there is an elephant in the room and it needs to be shot. This morning the Secretary of State said that the BBC was “an institution to be cherished.” Words matter. I know what cherished means, as does the noble Baroness, but it is not in any way possible to square that with the supposedly informed comments that...

BBC and Public Service Broadcasting - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Mar 2020)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Young, for making possible this incredibly timely debate—albeit the Roger Bannister version, as I view it. In the short time available, I hope to remind your Lordships that the current project to undermine public service broadcasting is not new. It is simply the most recent iteration of a decades-long campaign of salami-slicing and intimidation by,...

Media and Lobby Briefings - Statement ( 4 Feb 2020)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, can the Minister help me with at least this? When I first came to this Chamber, I was taught that the key quality of this House was to spot the slippery slope when it saw it. That has been absolutely true of the 20 years I have been here. Is it reasonable for this House to point out the slippery slope when it becomes obvious?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Puttnam: I thank the noble Earl for giving way. All I am trying to get at is that nothing could be worse than a contested election result, and the rules that we are applying at present make that almost inevitable. If it is a very close election, as I suspect it will be, it does not matter which party wins; it will be contested. Given the fragile state of our democracy at the moment, I cannot think of...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, rather like the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, I think that the most important issue in front of us is the restoration of trust between us and the electorate. I first declare an interest as chair of this House’s Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee. As such, with the date of the general election seemingly in place, it seems only right to ask the Minister how prepared he feels...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, for the sake of brevity, I will restrict myself to just two of the recurring fantasies that we are currently forced to listen to. The first is that the country will somehow find itself united under a Government led by Boris Johnson. As even his friends concede, Mr Johnson is an almost uniquely divisive and untrusted figure. While I would argue that remainers tend to be less...

Brexit: Creative Industries’ Access to European Markets - Question (15 May 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, have the Government made an economic analysis of any kind regarding the potential damage to the UK’s creative industries that would be likely to result from a soft or a hard Brexit? This is no small thing, as it leaves many thousands of jobs at risk and a commensurate degree of enormous anxiety.

Conduct of Debate in Public Life - Motion to Regret ( 9 May 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Harris, for making this debate possible. It is timely and it certainly is important. Almost 49 years ago, I travelled to Heidelberg to meet Albert Speer, Hitler’s former architect and Armaments Minister, who had recently been released after 21 years in Spandau prison. I had audaciously put in a bid to buy the film rights to his then best-selling...

Online Harms White Paper - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I too am extremely grateful to the Chief Whip for allowing time for what is already proving to be a worthwhile and timely debate, and to the Minister for introducing it in such a positive manner. I entirely sympathise with the Government’s instinct to focus on the most obvious forms of online harm, such as child sexual exploitation and abuse, the promotion of terrorism and threats...

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 24 (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I had no intention of entering this debate other than to support the amendment. However, I must make a point to the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, because he raised it. What we heard from him is all too familiar. When my mother’s family came to this country 120 years ago as Jewish immigrants from Russia, exactly the same charges were being made about a flood of Jewish immigrants...

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Puttnam: I thank the Minister for giving way. I have been waiting for a voice to appear during this debate—and it has not. That is the voice of the people of the Republic of Ireland. I live there and would like to get across to your Lordships the incalculable level of anxiety that has been caused to the people of the Republic of Ireland by our apparent indifference about what happens, for example,...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Puttnam: I do not think it is people claiming Irish roots; they are adhering to Irish roots. The Minister might be well advised to read today’s Washington Post, which is very informative on this subject. He will find it more than interesting.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Cope of Berkeley, this is the very first time I have inflicted my views on your Lordships’ House on what is without doubt the gravest matter I have faced in the 20 years I have been here and probably in my lifetime. I have a number of reasons for not having previously spoken on the subject. In the first place, I was not sure there was much I could offer...

Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve ( 6 Feb 2019)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, is there anything in the Ofcom response to indicate that any of these changes will benefit the UK production economy, or indeed the UK economy in general? Is there anything in the Ofcom response that suggests this is not negative?

Part-time and Continuing Education and the Open University - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Jul 2018)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, if the Minister entered the Chamber this morning with any doubts as to the significance of the Open University, those doubts should by now have been well and truly extinguished. I declare my interest as a former chancellor of the Open University, a role in which I served from 2007 to 2014. If I regret any one thing during my term as chancellor, it is my failure to persuade any...

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Regret (21 May 2018)

Lord Puttnam: My Lords, I will probably not be quite as brief as the noble Baroness, Lady Garden, but I support the Motion of my noble friend Lord Hunt. In doing so, I hope to help the Minister with some experiences from the past, which I think are very germane. My noble friend Lord Hunt and I entered this House on exactly the same day: 5 November 1997. He came as someone with great authority and...


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