Results 1–20 of 1423 for speaker:Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Destination Management Organisations Independent Review (28 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The response was published on 20 July 2022, the very day My Noble Friend tabled this question.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telephone Services: Universal Service Obligation (27 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The Electronic Communications (Universal Service) Order 2003 requires at least one designated universal service provider to meet all reasonable requests by end-users for connection at a fixed location to the public electronic communications network and for access to publicly available telephone services over that communications network. The connection must be capable of allowing end-users to...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telephone Services (27 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The requirements set out in the Schedule to the Electronic Communications (Universal Service) Order 2003 mean certain providers (currently BT and KCOM) must continue to meet reasonable requests to provide a connection capable of allowing end-users to make and receive local, national and international telephone calls and facsimile. Accordingly, landline-only connections will remain available...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Internet: Abuse (27 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The Online Safety Bill will protect all users, including local councillors and council employees, from abuse online. Services in scope of the Bill will need to ensure that illegal content in scope is removed swiftly and that the risk of it appearing and spreading is minimised by effective systems. Category one services must be clear how they address priority content that is harmful to adults,...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Commonwealth Games 2022: Ceremonies (27 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies have been developed by a diverse group of some of the finest creative talents the UK has to offer. This consists of Iqbal Khan as Artistic Director; Maeve Clarke as Writer; Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness as Music Director; Misty Buckley as Production Designer; Hamish Hamilton as Broadcast Director and Steven Knight CBE as Executive Producer. They...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Gambling: Video Games (27 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: Her Majesty’s Government’s response to the call for evidence sets out our findings on loot boxes, and our view on the next steps to address the issues it identified. The call for evidence identified an association between the purchase of loot boxes and problem gambling. There are, however, a range of plausible explanations for this association, and research has not established whether a...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The department laid Channel 4’s annual report before Parliament on 13 July with no changes to its content from Channel 4’s draft. The timeline for the department receiving the draft annual report from Channel 4 and laying it before Parliament follows last year’s timetable. It is usual practice for departments to review annual reports ahead of publication.

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My Lords, given that Channel 4 is currently publicly owned, the Government are fully entitled to comment on the contents of its annual report. As I say, it is usual practice for departments to review annual reports. We cannot direct a public body to change what it says but it is quite proper for us to make representations. The Government are clear that we have the long-term interests of...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My noble friend is correct. The chief executive of Channel 4 received a 20% pay rise last year, taking her total salary to £1.2 million. That is twice the salary of the director-general of the BBC and more than the chief executive of ITV. Salaries are a matter for Channel 4 but I think this shows that the company is in rude health, one of the many things that make it an attractive asset to a...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My Lords, we want Channel 4 to continue what it is doing in terms of commissioning from the independent sector. The difficulty is that, because of the global streaming giants driving up the costs of our thriving and very successful independent production sector, Channel 4 needs access to larger sums of money in the decades to come. That is why we want to ensure that it is able to raise that...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My noble friend is right. I have been looking through the annual reports of many arm’s-length bodies that it is my responsibility to lay before Parliament. The Government are entitled to make representations to Channel 4 as its current owner. Of course, if it were privately owned, we would not have that role. We cannot force it to change things but we are perfectly entitled to disagree. In...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My Lords, I am happy to say that we wrote to Channel 4 on 9 June, three weeks, I believe, after receiving the draft copy of the report, outlining our concerns relating to some of the language in the report, which we believed to be at odds with commitments, given to the department at official and ministerial level, to work collaboratively on this issue of its future ownership. As I say, we...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: We are very proud to see the benefits that Yorkshire and other parts of the country have accrued from Channel 4 moving its headquarters. Under private ownership, we will maintain Channel 4’s existing obligations for regional production across the whole of the UK. That is one of the things that is so distinctive about the channel, and which would make it an attractive asset to a buyer.

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: It is not about this year’s results; it is about securing the long-term sustainability of Channel 4. Channel 4 is particularly dependent on advertising revenue. Fewer people are watching live advertising. The cost of independent production is rising because of the entry into the market of global streaming giants, so we want to make sure that, in the decades to come, Channel 4 is able to...

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: No, I am not. According to PACT, only 7% of the total independent production sector revenue came from Channel 4 commissions. Channel 4 spends less on commissioning than ITV, which is of course privately owned. We think the things that Channel 4 does are what make it so successful. We are convinced that any future owner would want to continue to build on those things.

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: As I say, this year’s report shows that Channel 4 is performing well. It is doing well in the current climate but, as the responsible owners of Channel 4, the Government are looking to the decades to come to make sure that it can continue to do that for the next 40 years and beyond.

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My Lords, the Government do not own the BBC. It is set up in a particular way to make it a state broadcaster, not a government broadcaster. We benefit from having a range of different channels with different ownership models. We are focused on making sure that Channel 4 can continue to thrive in the market, which is fast evolving.

Channel 4: Annual Report - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: My Lords, we had a referendum and the noble Baroness’s party did not listen to the latter. We received 56,000 responses to the consultation, 40,000 of which were organised by the campaign group 38 Degrees, which is perfectly entitled to make its views known. We looked at all the consultation responses, but the Government have set out their thinking and their rationale for safeguarding the...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Departmental Records (21 Jul 2022)

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay: The National Archives issued a public statement on Monday 11 July which answers this question.


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