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Results 1–20 of 2681 for speaker:Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Update on Online Harms (12 Feb 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: DCMS and the Home Office are today publishing an initial response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation. This is an important step towards our aim of making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, and the best place to start and grow a digital business. There is widespread public consensus that online platforms must do more to ensure their services are safe for all users,...

Cairncross Review - Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: My Lords, I thank your Lordships for this afternoon’s debate. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, on bringing this important issue before the House. Given how popular it has been and the expertise on all sides, I am sorry in many ways that this has been a short debate, but I am sure that we will return to these issues over the forthcoming months. I want to thank all those who...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Huawei: 5G (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: UK Telecoms operators have been advised by the National Cyber Security Centre - in its guidance published on 29 January - on the steps they need to take in relation to high risk vendors. The guidance also sets out the steps necessary for Huawei, including the important continuing role for the world class Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre and Oversight Board. In addition, new telecoms...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Huawei: 5G (6 Feb 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: Interoperability will be one of the three strands of the strategy that the Government is developing to help diversify the supply chain. This will entail the deployment of all the tools at the Government’s disposal. The strategy has three main strands: Attracting established vendors who are not currently present in the UK; Supporting the emergence of new, disruptive entrants to the supply...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: On 5 February the Government launched a consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion. The consultation invites views from both members of the public and organisations on whether the Government should proceed with the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion by replacing the criminal sanction with an alternative civil enforcement scheme. Decriminalisation of TV licence evasion was...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank the noble Lord. His latter point picks up on some of the points he made yesterday afternoon, when I was also standing in this position. To start with his first question, on the cost of compliance, thanks to the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre oversight board, there are already costs incurred of monitoring the use of Huawei technology in our networks. I cannot give him a...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank the noble Lord very much indeed for his points, which are based on great experience. He is right that we talked yesterday about the expected strategic defence and security review. While of course the decision took account of wider factors, as I have said, this is a decision about the telecom supply chain in this country, where the rollout of speedier connectivity is already happening...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank my noble friend very much indeed. He has boiled it down to a very simple point. He is absolutely right to say that we have taken the decision that is right for the United Kingdom, while, of course, listening to the views of allies around the world, including the United States. It is important that we make the right decision for the UK, for our connectivity and future networks. We are...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank the noble Lord very much indeed for his support. He is of course right that Ministers must take the decision with the advice of experts and based on the circumstances as we face them. The Prime Minister and the whole council were very clear about the need for urgent work on a diversification strategy with companies in the United Kingdom, but also, of course, with the technology...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: That is because the evidence of the oversight board—it is extremely vital to our relationship with Huawei, a world-leading structure to have over it, and it provided the evidence that our services provided to the National Security Council—was not the only evidence that the National Security Council received that gave us the reassurances to make this decision today. Some of it cannot be...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: It is a delight to agree with the noble Lord. I and my colleagues have been thoroughly impressed with the careful, systematic way in which GCHQ, the NCSC and other services have advised the National Security Council on this matter. He is right: if they felt that different advice should have been given, it would have been given. I put on record my thanks to them for all the work that they have...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I can give the assurance to the noble Lord that this matter will, of course, be kept under constant review. That is one reason why we want to legislate to give the regulator and the Government the power not only to ask nicely for high-risk vendors not to be overly involved in our networks, but also to enforce a cap. In relation to the periphery, I stress again, for the benefit of all those...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I fear that the noble Lord may be asking whether it is worth attending that meeting. Of course, it is always worth attending meetings with my officials and others, but yes, that is certainly something which will be discussed there. I draw his attention to the two documents published alongside the Written Ministerial Statement. One is the guidance note from the NCSC, which will go to the...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank my noble friend. I have already talked about the Huawei cyber security oversight board and its governance. In the discussions I have had with officials, no question has been raised about the adequacy of the governance. As a noble Lord set out earlier, the board needs to work through the conclusions with Huawei to make sure it is satisfying some of the points which have been raised. I...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: As I said earlier, if the noble Lord looks at the documents, he will see that the process sets out clearly how a high-risk vendor is defined, which was one of the points raised by his Front Bench. The requirements that a company does not meet—there is a list of them—determine how it will be considered a high-risk vendor. Once it is considered a high-risk vendor, and if a provider wanted...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: The oversight board’s conclusions are, I believe, public documents. As we heard earlier, there are question marks about things that Huawei has been asked to do which it has not done. I would need to check the specifics on whether it has spent that money and where we are in the latest process—the oversight board publishes its report annually—and I am happy to write to the noble Lord with...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: The concerns that have been aired in this House today—which I am sure are being raised in the other place following a Statement by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary—are shared by many, even by those of us who have made the decision we have made today. It was not an obviously clear-cut decision of the kind that those who have been Ministers or involved in the leadership of...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: I thank both noble Lords for their comments. Quite a lot of points have been raised and I am conscious that other noble Lords want to speak, so I shall try to deal with them quickly. The noble Lord asked when the legislation would be ready. Of course, it has not been possible to prepare the legislation until the decision made today by the National Security Council, but we are all very...

UK Telecommunications - Statement (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will make a Statement on the security of the telecoms supply chain. This Government are committed to securing nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband by 2025, because we know the benefits that world-class connectivity can bring: from empowering rural businesses, to enabling closer relationships for the socially isolated, to new possibilities...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK telecommunications (28 Jan 2020)

Baroness Morgan of Cotes: UK TELECOMMUNICATIONS The Telecoms Supply Chain Review - laid before Parliament in July 2019 - underlined the range and nature of the risks facing our critical digital infrastructure. The Review addressed three questions: How should telecoms operators be incentivised to improve security standards and practices in 5G and full fibre networks? How should the security challenges posed by high...


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