Results 1–20 of 1735 for speaker:Lord Stevenson of Balmacara

Written Answers — Department for Education: Apprentices: Taxation (24 May 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask His Majesty's Government whether children in low-income families are permitted to use funding from the apprenticeship levy to stay on at secondary school.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Intersex: Human Rights ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give effect to the recent United Nations Human Rights Council resolution affirming the rights of intersex people; and what is their planned timetable for addressing the rights violations experienced by people born with variations in their sex characteristics, including genital-normalising operations carried out on intersex children.

Telegraph Media Group Ltd: Acquisition - Statement ( 1 May 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, the questions so far have focused on the intersection between this and the previous regime, which was established, as noble Lords have already said, by Lord Puttnam and his Enterprise Act—it was not exactly his; it was the House’s Enterprise Act, and it was published by a Government we were proud to be part of. That has stood the test of time, but I am afraid time is...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 68 (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, it is important that we unpick the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, which I think was touched on but not addressed by the Minister. If we rely on civil remedies, we are not really addressing the problem that there is, in effect, an opportunity, for those who wish to, to exercise criminality; this surely cannot be left to the civil courts.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 68 (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, this is a wide-ranging group; there is good news hidden in the middle of it, and bad news—we will have to wait for the Minister to respond to get a full picture. Others have spoken in some depth and so I will not try to repeat what has been said. I certainly will not try to follow the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, whose expertise exceeds the combination of everybody’s in the...

Media Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: I am sorry to interrupt the noble Lord. He is making a very important point, and we respect the way it has been expressed, but is it not also the case that the negotiations between the Government and the BBC are limited to those two participants, and therefore the role for Parliament is not clear? Could he perhaps explain what contribution we could make as Parliament?

Media Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former director of the British Film Institute, and that my younger daughter’s partner has recently joined a media company whose interests are engaged by the Bill. This Bill, the first media Bill for over 20 years, as many have commented, has been widely welcomed across the industry. However, it is worth bearing in mind that it comes at a time when we...

Post Office Horizon Scandal: Compensation Payments - Private Notice Question (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, I hope whoever takes on this responsibility will bear in mind the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, that there may well be continuing problems deep inside the Post Office systems. I speak as an accountant, and I declare my interest. Basic double-entry accounting systems should never have allowed this system to have occurred. What guarantees can the noble Lord give us that...

Written Answers — The Senior Deputy Speaker: House of Lords: Film (26 Oct 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans the House of Lords has to provide a facility within the Palace of Westminster for Members to organise screenings of high-quality audio-visual work.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cybersecurity (27 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote greater awareness of cyberthreats among (1) the civil service, (2) public sector workers, and (3) the general public.

Written Answers — Home Office: Cybersecurity (27 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation relating to cybersecurity practices and offences.

Written Answers — Home Office: Cybercrime: International Cooperation (26 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: To ask His Majesty's Government what contribution they are making to international efforts to (1) identify, (2) and counter, cybercriminal gangs who target networks and users in the UK.

Online Safety Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion A (19 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, I too thank the Minister for his swift and concise introduction, which very carefully covered the ground without raising any issues that we have to respond to directly. I am grateful for that as well. The noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, was his usual self. The only thing that I missed, of course, was the quotation that I was sure he was going to give from the pre-legislative...

Semiconductors Manufacturing - Question (18 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, may I follow up that point and ask a little more about the detail of who runs this strategy? In addition to the independent regulator, the CMA, there are, as I understand it, three government departments directly involved: the Cabinet Office, the Department for Business and Trade, and DSIT, as represented by the Minister. The focus of the third leg of the national strategy engages...

Online Safety Bill - Third Reading: Motion ( 6 Sep 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his very kind words to everybody, particularly my Front Bench and me. I also wish him a speedy recovery from his recent illness, although I was less sympathetic when I discovered how much he has been “managing upwards”—in the words of my noble friend Lord Knight—and achieving for us in the last few days. He has obviously been recovering and...

Online Safety Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 250B (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: Before the Minister finishes, I posed the question about whether, given the debate and issues raised, he felt completely satisfied that we had arrived at the right solution, and whether there was a case for withdrawing the amendment at this stage and bringing it back at Third Reading, having had further discussions and debate where we could all agree. I take it his answer is “no”.

Online Safety Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 250B (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, this has been—since we first got sight of the Bill and right the way through—one of the most difficult issues to try to find balance and a solution. I know that people have ridiculed my attempt to try and get people to speak less in earlier amendments. Actually, in part it was so we could have a longer debate here—so the noble Lord, Lord Moylan, should not be so cross with me,...

Online Safety Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 239 (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: I am very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the debate, despite my injunction that no one was to speak other than those key persons—but it was nice to hear views around the House in support for this proposal, with caution. The noble Baroness, Lady Stowell, was right to be clear that we have to be focused on where we are going on this; there is quite a lot at stake here, and it is...

Online Safety Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 239 (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, this amendment would require the Secretary of State, when seeking to exercise certain powers in the Bill, to provide the relevant Select Committees of both Houses with draft regulations and impact assessments, among other things. I should admit up front that this is a blatant attempt to secure an Online Safety Bill version of what I have called the “Grimstone rule”, established...

Online Safety Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 237A (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, there is very little to add to that. These are important questions. I simply was struck by the thought that the amount of work, effort and thought that has gone into this should not be kept within this Bill. I wonder whether the noble Lord has thought of offering his services to His Majesty’s Treasury, which has difficulty in raising tax from these companies. It would be nice to...


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