Results 41–60 of 68 for speaker:Viscount Colville of Culross

Public Service Broadcasting — Question (15 Jun 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. During the period of the present BBC charter, more than £1 billion has been top-sliced for spending on purposes other than content provision. Does the Minister agree with the Culture Select Committee’s suggestion regarding the next charter that income from the licence fee or the broadcasting levy be used only for the purpose of the...

Soft Power and the UK’s Influence (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I apologise for being late for the beginning of the debate, but I was detained. I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. I praise the noble Lord, Lord Howell, for his extremely impressive report and was especially pleased to read paragraph 268, which states: “While we understand that the BBC World Service’s budget has been protected in the move to licence-fee funding, we...

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Feb 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I rise to support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. The pay TV platforms already pay to transmit the digital channels from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, so what can their objection be to adding the main channels of ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5? They say that the transmission fees would represent a double tax for consumers,...

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (5 Feb 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I am a producer at the BBC and I support this amendment. I want to emphasise and support what the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, just said. We are not being asked today to decide whether the enforcement regime for the failure to pay the licence fee should be decriminalised or not—that is the subject of a review by David Perry, which seems to be a very wide-ranging and fair review....

Media Plurality: Communications Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2015)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I will pick up where the noble Lord, Lord Patten, left off, on local media. I ask your Lordships to concentrate not just on the collapse of regional newspapers and the failure of new local television channels to cover local news sufficiently. This time of transition offers a very exciting opportunity to set up hyper-local sites which concentrate on local matters. The coverage at the moment is...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have put my name to Amendment 66 because, as I said at Second Reading, I am concerned that there are not sufficient safeguards in the Bill to ensure that the mental capacity of the terminally ill person has been correctly assessed. In subsection (2) of the proposed new clause, the emphasis is on the doctor not to countersign the declaration of intention, “Unless the attending...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I, like many noble Lords, have received a lot of letters. One of them in particular struck me. It was written by Professor Alan Thomas, who is a consultant in old age psychiatry at Newcastle University. He works with old people and vulnerable people with mental illness. He is an expert in assessing the capacity of people to make competent decisions about their healthcare. He wrote to me:...

BBC World Service and British Council — Motion to Take Note (10 Jul 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Alton for securing this debate. I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. Noble Lords know the great reach of the World Service but I have my own experience. I was filming with the Evenki reindeer nomads in Siberia, 1,000 miles north of the Arctic circle. One evening, the young blades were going to take us to their nomad camp. It was supposed...

Children: Television — Question (1 Jul 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. Investment by commercial public service broadcasters in original British children’s television has collapsed by 97% in the past decade to a mere £2 million. Is the Minister not concerned by the lack of competition in the market that this is producing and the dilatory effect that it is having on our exports?

First World War — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for introducing this important debate. I, too, have been very moved by the extraordinary accounts that I have heard of the First World War. I declare an interest. I make history programmes for the BBC. In three days’ time, on 28 June, the world will remember the 100th anniversary of the shot which killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz...

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 Feb 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. I support this amendment and add my concerns to those of other noble Lords at the refusal of the Northern Ireland Executive to implement the Defamation Act 2013. I was sorry not to have been able to attend Committee but I read, with regret, the Hansard report of the Minister’s speech, in which she said she could do little beyond...

Standards in Public Life — Question for Short Debate (4 Feb 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Bew for putting together this report. I declare an interest as a producer at the BBC. As a journalist, I want to concentrate on what the report tells us about the public trust in the media and their ability to hold those in public office to account. In Chapter 5, the noble Lord, Lord Bew, reports on the decline in public confidence in the media to...

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will provide a timetable for the switchover of digital radio.

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. I declare an interest as a producer working at the BBC. A few years ago, a clear timetable was set out for the switchover to digital television. It was very successful. Surely the same should be done for radio. It gives consumers certainty that they will need to engage with digital radio when buying new radio sets, and it gives the industry...

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I, too, would like to add my congratulations to my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox on such an inspiring introductory speech to the debate. As some noble Lords have said, the internet, which Sir Tim Berners-Lee opened up in 1988, has become the greatest source of information and freely exchanged ideas in history. However, these early ideals are under threat as Governments struggle to try...

Economy: Broadcast Media — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a producer/director who works at the BBC in its history and science departments. I thank my former colleague, the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter, for having procured this debate, and add my congratulations on the splendid maiden speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Holmes. I look forward to hearing much more from him. I have just come back from America,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Registered Travellers (28 Nov 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why non-European Union citizens who are resident in the United Kingdom are not allowed to register for the new registered traveller scheme; and how that compares with the conditions for registration (1) by such citizens for the old iris recognition immigration scheme and (2) by non-European Union citizens who are not resident in the United Kingdom.

Cultural and Community Distribution Deregulation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 Jul 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I applaud the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for introducing the Bill and for bringing this issue to the attention of the House in a number of Questions for Short Debate. It seems to me that there is a really pressing need to amend the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 to regenerate our town centres. We have all seen the headlines and know from our own experience the dire state...

Economy: Culture and the Arts — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I, too, would like to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, on securing this moment for us to celebrate culture and the arts in this country. I declare an interest as a director of the BBC in the history and science departments. I want to concentrate on a very specific area of culture, film and television, which have already been mentioned by the noble Lords, Lord Puttnam and Lord...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (4 Jun 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I have listened with great respect and interest to the passion and concerns that arise from the redefinition of marriage set out in this Bill. I have spent the past few months researching a television proposal on the history of various Christian institutions, and one of the main areas of my research was the institution of marriage. As has been mentioned by many noble Lords,...


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