Results 61–68 of 68 for speaker:Viscount Colville of Culross

Defamation Bill — Commons Reasons (23 Apr 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I would like to express my relief that the Defamation Bill has finally been unblocked and returned to your Lordships' House. I thank the noble Lords on both Government and Opposition Front Benches for their tireless efforts to make sure that the Bill reappeared in this place. I strongly support government Amendment 2B. During my career I was a journalist, and I spent some time on small...

First World War: Centenary — Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I declare an interest as a director of history programmes at the BBC. I should like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Clark, for bringing forward this timely debate. Quite rightly, the big events planned for four years from 2014 will concentrate on remembering the dreadful loss of life that took place in the First World War, but if those sacrifices are to mean anything, they have to be...

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his forbearance in the various attempts I have made to persuade him to adopt this procedure. I raised the issue of the declaration procedure in Grand Committee. However, this amendment widens out the wording of the amendment that I proposed then. Proposed new paragraph (b) would allow either a website operator or the author of a statement to apply to query...

Defamation Bill: Report (5 Feb 2013)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I support Amendment 7. I welcome the Government's amendment to Clause 4. However, if the change from "believed" to "decided" guarantees that the checklist does not return and that authors will not be exposed to long and expensive cases in libel courts, I as a journalist think that that must be a good thing and I support it.

Defamation Bill — Second Reading (9 Oct 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I declare an interest as a producer/director still working at the BBC and as a vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Libel Reform Group. I very much welcome the Bill. I have read the lengthy evidence given to the Joint Committee and its incisive conclusions and pay tribute to its work. I also thank the Libel Reform Campaign for its help, and of course the noble Lord, Lord Lester of...

Media: Plurality — Question (7 Mar 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, surely the battle is now on for control of access to the digital media. Ofcom took three years to review pay TV, which is dominated by BSkyB. Does the Minister feel that the media regulatory framework is nimble enough to respond to a fast-changing media marketplace?

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2012)

Viscount Colville of Culross: I thank my noble friend Lord Hennessy for having secured this debate on such an important issue. I declare an interest, having been a journalist, both on newspapers and in television for most of my career. Since the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, I have seen at first hand the beneficial effect of its principal aim, that of improving the openness of public bodies to wider...

Creative Industries — Debate (3 Nov 2011)

Viscount Colville of Culross: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their kind words and I look forward to the establishment of the "Newsnight" party. It sounds like fun. I of course declare an interest: I work for the BBC as a producer in the science and history departments. I am very grateful for the honour bestowed on me by the noble Lords who elected me to these Benches. My father loved this place and talked frequently of...


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