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Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I will begin by commending and congratulating the Communications Committee and its chairman, my noble friend Lord Gilbert, for an excellent and very far-sighted report. I should declare my own interest: I was a trustee of Doteveryone until recently, and the chief executive of TalkTalk less recently. I have personally campaigned for balanced internet safety regulation for a long...

Education: Treating Students Fairly (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2019)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, as a member of the Economic Affairs Committee, I congratulate our excellent chairman, my noble friend Lord Forsyth. I reassure the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, that none of us has been told what to say. I may be a relatively new Member of your Lordships’ House and a very new Member of the Economic Affairs Committee, but I do not think it is the committee’s style to take...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interest as the chair of NHS Improvement and thanking the noble Lord, Lord Darzi—my esteemed colleague on the NHS Improvement board—for his masterful introduction to the debate. After listening to various noble Lords who have contributed their whole working lives to the NHS, and thinking about the more than 5,000 NHS staff members who are still working...

Social Media: News - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for creating this opportunity for a hugely important debate. It seems to be my lot to follow her in a number of debates where she speaks so eloquently and passionately about the importance of protecting the vulnerable in the digital age. Since she has set out so clearly the challenges and problems of civilising the digital space, I will start...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Dec 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I remind your Lordships of my register of interests in the digital space, not least as the ex-chief executive of TalkTalk and trustee of Doteveryone. I add my thanks to those of my noble friend Lady Kidron. I also thank her for her tireless campaigning on behalf of children, and the energy, drive and commitment that she has shown in bringing all of us on this journey. We definitely...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (6 Nov 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I should draw the attention of the House to my interests in various digital organisations as set out in the register. I put my name to the amendments tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, with a heavy heart, if I am honest. I have spent the past eight years running an internet service provider and arguing that competition is the route to delivering better services for...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill - Second Reading (9 Oct 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interests. I only recently, four months ago, stepped down as chief executive of TalkTalk, the internet service provider. In my brief time in the House, I have heard many speeches lamenting poor broadband speeds, and it is quite cheering to speak today in a debate about a potential, although admittedly only partial, solution. Connectivity, as my noble friend...

Digital Understanding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Lane-Fox, for tabling this debate. I declare my interest as a trustee of the digital charity Doteveryone, which the noble Baroness chairs so ably. She and I have campaigned for a long time about basic digital skills, and a number of noble Lords here today have spoken very eloquently about that. So I want to park the issue of basic digital...

Industrial Strategy - Question (19 Jul 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that it is competition that brings out the best not just in politicians but in businesses, whether they are small, medium or large? Can my noble friend assure us that the industrial strategy will not ditch this but instead strengthen our competition authorities?

Data Ethics Commission - Question (10 Jul 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to set up a Data Ethics Commission, as set out in their 2017 manifesto.

Data Ethics Commission - Question (10 Jul 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and draw attention to my digital interests as set out in the register.

Data Ethics Commission - Question (10 Jul 2017)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his Answer. It is encouraging to hear his enthusiasm, but the scale and scope of data usage is growing fast. Just in the past couple of weeks, parents have been scrambling to work out how to protect their children’s location from Snap Map, and we have heard that Vodafone has been using robots to screen candidates in advance of interviews....

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, it is a pleasure to speak in this debate. I thank my noble friend Lord Leigh for giving us all the opportunity to do so today. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Gadhia, on his extremely moving maiden speech. He struck a perfect chord by saying that Britain is a trading nation first, last and always. It is interesting that all of us who have spoken in this debate have agreed...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (3rd Day) (19 Oct 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I fear that we are repeating the debate we had the day before yesterday. If noble Lords look at this amendment, they will see three reasons why they could support it. One is if they feel that bulk data powers are unacceptable in any circumstances. A second is if they feel that the elaborate controls referred to by my noble friend Lord King and the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, are not...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I rise to speak against this amendment. As the chief executive of a telecoms company, I clearly cannot profess a lack of understanding of the technology. I am a little confused by noble Lords’ concern that internet connection records can be got round and are not perfect because telephony is exactly the same. If I make a telephone call and am really smart, I know how to make sure...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Oct 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I oppose the amendment, purely from a position of practicality. I have an interest as chief executive of TalkTalk, one of the communications service providers. If we are to legislate to create a tool to be used, it needs to be effective. My business involves consuming large amounts of data and trying to analyse them, and you cannot do that without a filter. There are other elements...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, it is humbling to follow so many noble Lords this evening who, if it is not too back-handed a compliment to say it these days, are such experts in this subject. Let me declare my more prosaic interest as the chief executive of TalkTalk, the communications service provider. Debating the balance between liberty and security is not new. What has changed is the methods people use to...

Digital Skills (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2016)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interest as the chief executive of TalkTalk, an internet service provider, and as a trustee of Doteveryone, a digital charity set up by my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox. It is a huge privilege to speak in this debate, not least because of the fantastic work the committee has done shining a light on Britain’s digital skills challenge. It is an excellent report...

Enterprise Bill [HL]: Second Reading (Continued) (12 Oct 2015)

Baroness Harding of Winscombe: My Lords, it is an enormous privilege, as ever, to address your Lordships, particularly on a subject so dear to my heart—supporting great British enterprise. I must declare my interest as the chief executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group. As a business person, I am proud to support a Bill that will strengthen the UK’s position as the best place in Europe—perhaps even the world—to start...


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