Results 1–20 of 1974 for speaker:Baroness Stowell of Beeston

Digital Exclusion (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Feb 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend the Minister. I have not envied him this afternoon, knowing that he would have to respond to a series of quite hard-hitting and critical speeches on this important topic. I will speak briefly, because I know noble Lords’ patience will be tested if I go on too long. We have heard some very powerful illustrations of what being digitally excluded...

Digital Exclusion (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Feb 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great privilege to open this debate, just as it is a privilege to chair the Communications and Digital Committee of your Lordships’ House. I am hugely grateful to all members of the committee who contribute so much through their expertise and dedication to our work. I know that they would all want me to pay the greatest tribute to the team who support us and deserve so...

Telegraph Media Group: Proposed Sale to RedBird IMI - Commons Urgent Question (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Bassam, alluded to, the strength of feeling against this deal in the House of Commons yesterday was widespread and from all quarters of that place, and I would be surprised if there was much support in this House for the deal going ahead. Notwithstanding what my noble friend said about the Secretary of State acting in a quasi-judicial capacity in considering...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I welcome the amendment tabled by my noble friend. I am hugely grateful to him for having listened carefully during our debates in Committee. I congratulate him on the influence he has been able to have in the department in securing the Secretary of State’s agreement to this change. I note that my noble friend said that in the Government’s view, the Bill’s original wording was...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Faulks. My noble friend Lady Verma has just given an exceptionally powerful speech, and I was very pleased to be in the Chamber to hear it. Unlike her, I have not heard as many speeches in today’s debate as I would have liked, because I have been attending to other parliamentary business in the Moses Room. However, I am quite...

BBC: Funding - Question (17 Jan 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, the convention in this House is to shout “Stowell”, but I am very grateful to my noble friend Lord Vaizey for his support. The Communications and Digital Committee published a report on BBC future funding 18 months ago, in which we found that the status quo is not an option. Decisions about how to fund the BBC in the future are becoming increasingly urgent. Does my noble friend...

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I too think the Post Office scandal is instructive and I will use it to make my point, which is different to my noble friend’s. The excellent ITV drama illustrates powerfully what many voters already think about those of us in positions of authority—that too often we do not listen to or take seriously what voters are telling us if what they say or want does not correspond with...

AI-generated Public Services - Question (14 Dec 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I too am optimistic about AI, but I am also concerned about leaving people behind. I refer my noble friend to the report about digital exclusion published earlier this year by the Communications and Digital Select Committee, which I chair. It painted quite a stark picture. It showed how much more complex this challenge is becoming because of the way in which technology is developing...

Love Matters (Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: We did not get married, though.

Love Matters (Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the most reverend Primate. I congratulate him on a very powerful speech. I agree with much of what he said, especially his statement that family is indispensable to the state. In fact, when I saw the subject of his debate this year, I was particularly pleased, because nothing matters more to me than family. But I have to confess that my heart sank a...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Tyrie, and I will come to his theme of accountability later in my remarks, but I am very grateful to my noble friend the Minister for setting out in his introductory speech just how successful the UK’s tech sector is to date, because it really is a huge success. I was delighted to learn that Nottingham, my home city, is one of only...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (22 Nov 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, sets out a case for the future when it comes to pedicabs, and I will come to some of his points a little later. I am going to focus my remarks more on why there is a case for this legislation now. Before I get to that, I welcome my noble friend the Minister to his new position and wish him every success as the Minister for Transport in this House. I...

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: I thank the noble Lord for giving way. I did welcome the Media Bill. I did not want to go into detail because there is not time to talk about every Bill that is relevant to the work of the committee, but I can assure him that I will definitely play a part in the passage of that Bill.

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am delighted that the long campaigned for Media Bill will be part of this Session’s legislative agenda. But today I want to concentrate on other issues that the Select Committee on Communications and Digital, which I chair, has examined recently, which relate to other Bills or government activity mentioned in the gracious Speech: namely, digital competition, how to deal with...

Royal Albert Hall Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Oct 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: Just to clarify, that conflicts committee meets after the decisions have been made by members who are conflicted.

Royal Albert Hall Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Oct 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Viscount, Lord Chandos, and I echo his remarks about my noble friend Lord Harrington and the way he introduced this Second Reading debate. Like the noble Viscount and my noble friend, I too am a great admirer of the Royal Albert Hall in terms of its importance as a cultural and national institution. It has formed part of my own past too; in...

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

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I shall ask my noble friend the Minister a question about encryption but, before I do, I will briefly make a couple of other points. First, I echo all the tributes paid around the House to those involved in this legislation. It is no secret that I would have preferred the Bill to be about only child safety, so I particularly congratulate the Government, and the various Members who...

Online Safety Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 ( 6 Sep 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I am very concerned to hear the contribution from the noble Lord, Lord Rooker. I certainly look forward to hearing what the Minister says in reply. I confess that I was not aware of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Powers Committee’s report to which he referred, and I wish to make myself familiar with it. I hope that he gets a suitable response from the Minister when he comes...

Advanced Artificial Intelligence - Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2023)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: My Lords, I first congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, on securing this debate and on the comprehensive and interesting way he has introduced it. I signed up to speak for two reasons: first, because I thought I might learn something; and secondly, because I thought it would be helpful for me to highlight that the Communications and Digital Select Committee of your Lordships’ House,...


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