Results 21–40 of 6045 for speaker:Mr William Whitelaw

New Schedule: `special Procedure ( 3 May 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I rise at once in response to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley). First, I accept of course that there was no undue delay in debating the new clauses. Of course it took a long time. I accepted that. It was for that very reason that I agreed to the right hon. Gentleman's original proposal for the procedure to be followed, and I believe that it has proved to be...

New Schedule: `special Procedure ( 3 May 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The last thing that I want to be is unreasonable. I shall consider what the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) has said and examine the position. It is reasonable to begin to deal with one or two of the new clauses. I wish to make a start on the new clauses. I trust that the House will enable me to do so.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I shall make a statement on the Government's White Paper on the development of cable systems and services, which is published today in the name of myself and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry. Copies are available in the Vote Office. The White Paper, as the subject requires, is a long and complex document with nearly 250 paragraphs. The...

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am glad to learn from the right hon. Gentleman that we are at one on the objective of what we should achieve through cable television and its benefits for advanced technology. He questioned in a number of ways whether the way that we have proposed to go towards that objective is the right one. First, he suggested that British Telecom should have a monopoly. My right hon. Friend the...

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I think that our decision on adult channels is right. I am interested in the views of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) on my character. Many people have had views on my character, usually in contradictory directions. I do not accept the right hon. Gentleman's remarks about a rush. When the White Paper has been approved by Parliament, as I believe it will be,...

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his remarks about balance. That is exactly what we have sought to achieve, and I think that he is right in believing that we have achieved a balance. I accept the critical importance of a good financial start for the pilot projects, and they would have access to the pay-per-view system.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his remarks, especially those about adult channels. I think that it will be wise for me on this occasion not to be drawn into comments on party political broadcasts.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: That must be a matter for the cable authority to decide in the course of time.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud) for what he has said. Responsibilities will be shared by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry and myself. As the Home Office has taken the lead in publishing the White Paper, the Home Office—it has, of course, responsibilities for broadcasting — will take the lead in broadcasting matters. I note what the hon....

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I am grateful for what my hon. Friend has said. The success or otherwise of cable television depends on those who decide to come forward, the money they have and their success when they come forward and on whether the public will pay to be connected to cable. Those are matters that the House cannot now determine. As to the limit of 100,000 homes, the Government are anxious at this stage to...

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry, to whom such representations would be made, that consultations have taken place and that he believes that he has gone a long way to meeting some of the points put forward.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I would not wish to commit myself at the moment. That depends on many factors.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I have nothing further to tell the hon. Gentleman, whose interests I fully understand. British Telecommunications should have a substantial share, but the Government have decided that it should not be exclusive.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: The reasoning behind the 12 projects and the limited nature of the development is the belief, which I strongly share, that while it is right to keep the momentum going, it would be wrong to pre-empt a decision on a Bill in the House.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman does not believe everything he reads. The White Paper makes clear the future position of the BBC, by which I stand absolutely and completely.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry and I have discussed this matter. We believe that, with some of the existing operators, who are presently licensed and with whom the Government can go further, and with the pilot projects, the Government are making a modest start. If we made more than a modest start we would run straight into pre-empting legislation —something I feel...

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: No. On the principles on which they are licensed by the Home Office, it does not give the companies a head start. It was thought reasonable to give them a chance to develop in the same way as the pilot projects.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I shall confine myself to reminding my hon. Friend that a code on this point is attached to the Telecommunications Bill, which is now passing through the House. There have been consultations on this matter, and they will continue.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I shall confine myself to the matter in hand. I hope that the hon. Gentleman recognises that there are great advantages for the earning capacity of this country — from which many people are paid — in developing advanced technology and taking advantage of Britain's promising position in this sphere. If the hon. Gentleman does not believe that, he is even more of a Luddite than I thought he was.

Cable Television (27 Apr 1983)

Mr William Whitelaw: I think that the development of cable and the pilot projects are closely connected with the development of the interactive services, which are enormously important.


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