Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Carter of Barnes

Digital Economy Bill [HL]: Second Reading (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, as has been mentioned already this afternoon, I have some previous interests that are relevant to the Bill. However, as I am currently languishing in post-ministerial purdah, I do not believe that I have any current interests or conflicts which I need to disclose. Earlier, in opening the debate, my noble friend the Secretary of State rightly highlighted the importance of the digital...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jul 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I am pleased, if somewhat humbled, to represent the Government on this Private Member's Bill, and to follow what has been an august range of speakers, all of whom have demonstrated their personal interest in many instances. Speaking personally, listening to some of the personal passion and commitment has been an experience in understanding the reality of the work of the Spoliation...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jul 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I will seek an answer and return to that, along with the noble Lord's other searching Committee-like questions, in a second. The conclusion was that removing the statutory restrictions that stop museums deaccessioning works of art lost during the Nazi era would be beneficial to all. It was also felt that legislation should include a sunset clause. I think that point was raised...

Alcohol: Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: None, my Lords. The decision to repeal the beer orders, in the Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) (Revocation) Order 2002, was taken on advice from the competition authorities. Any decision to re-evaluate the market will be a matter for the OFT.

Alcohol: Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I have been increasing my knowledge of the beer market with enthusiasm in anticipation of this Question, and the noble Lord is right to point out that since the so-called beer orders were revoked, the market has changed significantly. The noble Lord rightly points to the Business and Enterprise Committee report, which raises a number of general issues along with that of the beer...

Alcohol: Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, no, is the short answer. As the noble Lord knows, alcohol duty and pricing matters are for people other than me. However, I thank him for the question.

Alcohol: Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a point about the change in circumstances since this was last looked at, and he is absolutely right to highlight the fact that the published research shows that a significant number of strong voices rightly make the point he has alluded to. The position of the competition authorities on this is rightly that if there is new evidence that there has been a...

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, an amendment to the 2007 European roaming regulation will put an upper limit on operators' wholesale charges of €1 per megabit of data transmitted from 1 July this year. This will reduce to 80 cents and 50 cents per megabit on 1 July 2010 and 2011 respectively. Consumers will also benefit from obligations to provide greater transparency on pricing on the cost of data roaming.

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a number of points. He is right in his observation that there are an increasing number of alternative sources of communication across this country and Europe. He is also right to identify that, while voice roaming prices are coming down significantly in some areas, data roaming prices are still higher. During the current framework review, there was a debate...

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I am not sure that I recognise or accept the conflict as described. As the noble Lord is aware, this sector is regulated by an independent statutory regulator, which is a competition authority in its own right and can therefore not only apply forensic regulation for the sector but do so within the frame of competition law. As far as the department is concerned, it is perfectly...

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, the noble Lord raises a relevant point, which was central to the Government's decision not to support the imposition of retail price caps on data roaming at this stage, because, as he rightly observes, regulation applied in one area can have a displacement effect in another. In relation to voice roaming charges, many of the mobile network operators argued that we would see a...

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, it undoubtedly is a piece of pan-European price regulation, but it would be fair to say that the specifics of voice roaming charges across Europe lend themselves almost uniquely to the requirement to have a pan-European solution. Indeed, many voices—including my own, in other lives—argued strongly for the European Commission to take a lead on this, because it would be invidious...

EU: Mobile Roaming Charges — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I could not have put it better myself.

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, those are two very interesting questions. I am glad that my noble friend supports what we have said in this section of the report. Noble Lords will see that it tries to lay out in some detail the relationships between the security issues in an online world internationally, nationally and domestically. The first question was when the full cybersecurity strategy will be published. My...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, on the first point, the noble Baroness is right: in the Ofcom review, in its consultations and in the consultations that we had, there was a significant level of concern about the amount and quality of content for children—primarily programming, but also radio, as the noble Baroness mentioned, and online content—being produced by organisations other than the BBC. We have thought...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, as the noble Lord knows, I have enormous respect for his opinion and that of the organisation of which he is chair, which has engaged in depth and constructively on this question. I would be the first to acknowledge that this is a very difficult area. We have seen only this week the French Government's position overruled by the French high court because it was judged to have gone...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I detect a level of disagreement. I share the noble Earl's view that there is a balance to be struck between copyright protection and innovation. I do not share the view that strong copyright automatically stifles innovation. I am conscious of the earlier criticism made by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, that we have not given noble Lords much time to read the report, but it...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, I very much thank both noble Lords for their contributions. I was perfectly content for my senior colleague in the other place to be the first person to read his Statement. I suspect, despite my gentle rewording of "tantamount to theft" to "wrong", that I was considerably happier to re-read his Statement than he was to read his. One of the things that we see in the public domain is...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, on the last point, that is the nub of the question. If you take the same view as the Government, and I sense from the noble Lord's contribution that he does, monopoly provision of regional news and, importantly, alternative news in the nations—if you spend time in Wales and Northern Ireland, that is a critical question—would be a deeply unfortunate consequence. There is an...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Carter of Barnes: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The Statement is as follows: "Britain's digital industries are among the most successful in the world. The global technological revolution means that, if we make the right decisions now, they can continue to grow and...


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