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Spyware - Question (21 Jul 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I am as appalled as other noble Lords by the revelation about the use of NSO spyware against over 50,000 people across the world. How long have the Government known about the use of this law enforcement-grade software by authoritarian Governments in surveillance of their opponents and journalists across the world, and what have they done about it?

Environment Bill - Committee (5th Day) (5 Jul 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendments 133 and 133A because the DRS is one of the most important parts of this Bill. It will have a seismic effect on consumer behaviour, improve our environment and strengthen the circular economy. I and many noble Lords have already spoken about the blight of litter. Two-thirds of roadside litter is estimated to be made up of drinks containers. The scheme...

Channel 4: Funding and Governance - Question (1 Jul 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The digital streaming television world depends heavily on access to archive. At the moment Channel 4 has no archives since terms of trade agreements with content suppliers mean that IP is kept by independent production companies and is seen as a crucial means by which they can grow their businesses. Do the Government intend to maintain the present terms of trade agreement between any new...

Environment Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 130A (30 Jun 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I applaud the Government’s determination to drive down the single use of plastics. Clause 54 and its associated Schedule 9 will do a useful job in reducing plastic pollution by introducing a charge on the use of single-use plastics, but Amendment 139 aims to push the Government to be braver and go further with the Bill. I also support the wish to make the use of plastics more...

BBC: Freedom of Information Legislation - Question (24 Jun 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: Ministers have repeatedly said that the BBC’s mid-charter review into the corporation’s governance and regulation will be a transparent process. Can the Minister tell the House whether the review will be a health check on how the new Ofcom regime is operating, or something more fundamental?

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 13 (23 Jun 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, this is my first amendment, too, in the Environment Bill, and I also welcome it. I was glad to hear the Minister state on the first day of Committee: “The Government will periodically review targets and can set more, especially if that is what is required to deliver significant improvement to the natural environment in England.”—[Official Report, 21/6/21; cols. 93-94.] I would...

Environment Bill - Second Reading (7 Jun 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I welcome the Bill’s quest to ensure that our companies use resources sustainably and limit packaging. Equally significantly it encourages us, the consumers, to become more responsible in recycling and reusing not just plastic but other resources as well. I intend to limit my comments to Part 3, dealing with waste and resources. Unless we take action to reduce waste now the...

Public Service Broadcasting (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (27 May 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, for his inspired chairing of the Communications and Digital Committee, of which I am proud to be a member. For me, this report is driven by the statement that “public service broadcasting is as important as ever to our democracy and culture, as well as to the UK’s image on the world stage.” As...

BBC: Dyson Report - Commons Urgent Question (25 May 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I welcome the Government’s review of the BBC’s governance. However, contrary to the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, I was concerned this morning that the director-general of the BBC said he had no intention of airing the Princess Diana interview ever again. I understand, given the shocking circumstances under which Martin Bashir obtained the interview, why he said that; however, the interview...

Creative Industries: Covid-19 - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a freelance TV producer making content for Netflix and the Sony Channel. Organisations representing freelancers have called for a freelance commissioner to be established, as many are not covered by the Small Business Commissioner. During the past year, 45% of freelancers have fallen into debt or used up their savings. Millions of others in the creative industries are...

Social Media: Offensive Material - Question (23 Mar 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: Facebook already has a real-names policy but users often provide fake ID. To enforce real-name identity, a government-backed ID scheme would have to be introduced. However, bearing in mind the current public suspicion of surrendering personal data to tech platforms, are there any plans for the Government to introduce such a digital ID policy for all users?

Video-sharing Platforms: BBFC Ratings - Question (4 Mar 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The Government’s response to the online harms White Paper says that: “The regulator will be required to have regard to the fact that children have different needs at different ages when preparing codes of practice relevant to the protection of children.” What powers will Ofcom have to provide sufficient oversight and ensure enforcement of these additional protections? Will they be set...

Covid-19: Performing Arts Freelance Workers - Question (10 Feb 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I too wish all the noble Baronesses a happy birthday, of course. I would like to pick up on the question of the noble Lord, Lord Vaizey. At the moment under SEISS, those freelancers who have gaps in their self-assessment tax returns during the last three years due to maternity leave, paternity leave or caring responsibilities have received lower grants. Can the Minister assure the House that...

Television Licence Evasion - Question (26 Jan 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: Can the Minister confirm that the DCMS response to the decriminalisation of the licence fee found that, as of 20 June 2020, there were zero people in prison for failing to pay the fine in respect of non-payment of the TV licence in England and Wales? Can she also confirm that the National Debtline advice to people who do not pay fines is that only in the most serious cases of non-payment...

Gambling - Question (7 Jan 2021)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The Royal Society for Public Health reported that not only loot boxes but skin betting created gambling problems for young gamers. Can the Minister assure the House that the Government’s call for evidence on loot boxes will also investigate skin betting and horizon scan for how the future monetisation of gaming can adversely affect young players?

Online Harms Consultation - Statement (16 Dec 2020)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I too welcome the Government’s White Paper. However, I have two concerns. The first is that the proposed regime of duty of care puts the onus of responsibility for dealing with legal but harmful content on the platforms alone. There seem to be few sanctions on the individual user who creates the harmful content. Surely the new legislation should contain a requirement for the...

Covid-19: Arts Sector - Question (15 Dec 2020)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Black of Brentwood, talked about the 100,000 freelancers in the creative industry who fall outside the SEISS. I am especially concerned about new graduates who have been recruited into these industries. Those in last year’s intake to the industries were not covered and they have now been joined by another year’s intake who are similarly not covered. Do the...

Public Service Broadcasting Online - Question (9 Dec 2020)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The Ofcom report on prominence recommends that there may need to be new obligations to ensure the continued availability of PSB on-demand content to viewers equivalent to the existing “must offer” and “must carry” rules for PSBs’ traditional channels. What plans are there for the PSBs to be available on a wide range of platforms?

Social Mobility - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Viscount Colville of Culross: The commission’s report says that, “a long-run shift to further homeworking would open up new opportunities that could spread … high-quality jobs more widely across the country”. What are the Government doing to ensure that residents in deprived areas can easily access well-paid public sector jobs by working from home? That is particularly important in this time of Covid.

Covid-19: Creative Industries - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Viscount Colville of Culross: Diverse talent going into the creative industry depends so much on educational support. Can the Minister inform the House what percentage of schools have restarted their dance, drama and music classes since they went back earlier this month?

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