Results 681–700 of 1017 for digital economy bill

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Legislative Programme (7 Sep 2011)

Alex Salmond: ...I will outline today. Recent events in Europe and the United States have highlighted the fragility of the global recovery. Indeed, some even suggest that another cauld blast of recession threatens the world economy and certainly western economies. I believe that we can continue to grow, but the fact that the double dip is at the door is in part due to the mistakes of those who have choked...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Legislative Programme (7 Sep 2011)

Rhoda Grant: ...public procurement to increase apprenticeships and the aspiration to make more public procurement contracts available to small and medium-sized enterprises. However, there is no public procurement bill in the legislative programme. A bill could have promoted environmental, social and financial sustainability. For example, the Government has climate change and carbon reduction targets, none...

Finance (No. 3) Bill — Second Reading and Remaining Stages (18 Jul 2011)

Lord Haskel: ...Lordships' Economic Affairs Committee, but I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, and his committee on the report. It was very sensible. By tradition, the Second Reading debate on a Finance Bill in your Lordships' House is an occasion to consider the country's economic situation. As my noble friend Lord Myners explained, it is not going as well as we would like-that is an...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Backbench business — Intellectual Property (Hargreaves Report) (7 Jul 2011)

Brian Binley: ...do something quickly. That is why I urge the Government to get on with the job of putting the report into effect. It is good that they have agreed to consult, but most of us want early notice of a Bill to support both business and the creative industries. In a developed economy, intellectual property rights are fundamental to economic growth. If we lose sight of that fact, we do...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Connectivity (30 Jun 2011)

Elaine Murray: Due to the welcome delay to stages 2 and 3 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill, the first term of the Parliament is ending with an unexpected debate on rural connectivity. Addressing digital exclusion is an increasingly important issue, so it is, in a way, a pity that the debate has been scheduled for an afternoon when many MSPs from the two...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (30 Jun 2011)

..., as amended, be agreed to. Motion, as amended, agreed to, That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government's wish to see a rural Scotland that is outward looking and dynamic with a diverse economy and active communities; welcomes the aspiration expressed in Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland that next generation broadband will be available to all by 2020; notes...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: The Economy (22 Jun 2011)

Stephen Williams: ...want to rebalance growth, including rebalancing it geographically. We have just heard about the plight of the north-east. Perhaps it was a failure of the last Labour Government not to rebalance the economy sufficiently, away from the south-east of England and towards other regions and nations of the United Kingdom. Perhaps the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) ought to have a stiff...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Broadcasting and the Scottish Digital Network (16 Jun 2011)

Fiona Hyslop: I welcome Patricia Ferguson and Ruth Davidson to their front-bench positions. I look forward to working with them and other MSPs to support culture in Scotland. This is a crucial time for digital technology and broadcasting in Scotland. Eight days ago, the pilot project to deliver next-generation access broadband to the Highlands and Islands entered its procurement phase. On the same day, BBC...

Information Technology (NHS) (14 Jun 2011)

Richard Bacon: ...problem that we faced. The national programme for IT in the health service is the largest civilian computer project in the world. It was spawned in late 2001 and early 2002, after the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met Bill Gates and was bowled over by a vision of what IT could do to transform the economy and health service. The idea was for information to be captured once and used many...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Apprenticeships (Small Businesses) (9 Jun 2011)

John Hayes: ..., but the concentration, investment and commitment of successive French Governments have meant that France, like Britain now, sees apprenticeships as critical to delivering the skills necessary to build a competitive economy. Therefore, we know that that can be done with political will and determination, backed by resource. I have said on many occasions that practical skills and those who...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill: Borrowing Powers and Growing the Economy (9 Jun 2011)

John Swinney: ...ill placed. I return to Mr Rennie’s point. The argument that we deployed in the election campaign was that we could redeploy the windfall saving to support other fundamental projects, such as the digital infrastructure in rural Scotland, which Mr Fraser was on about last week; to provide sure start funding for some of our most deprived communities in order to give young people a...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Statement: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2011)

Alex Salmond: ...being slashed, priorities have been changed, and hope has been crushed by the braying tones of people who claim to know best. We should aspire to be different. In Scotland, the poor will not be made to pick up the bill for the rich—at least not in the areas over which we have control. When we control our natural assets as a sovereign power, the profit from the land should go to all....

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2011)

Willie Rennie: ...which he is claiming his mandate. At its heart, the SNP’s revised set of claims for a revised mandate is absurd. The SNP is solemnly promising to spend the first two years of the session working on the Scotland Bill, and it confidently expects to spend the last two years abolishing it. How absurd is that? When the First Minister was renominated last week, I said that we would work...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister (18 May 2011)

Alex Salmond: ...name. There is actually a great deal on which we are agreed. Occasionally in the hurly-burly of an election campaign—and I am as guilty of this as anyone else—we tend to forget that, so let us just remember the extent of the agreement that we share across the Parliament. The three economic changes that I have already promoted to the Scotland Bill were chosen certainly from the...

Postal Services Bill: Report (1st Day) (4 May 2011)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...stress Royal Mail. It is royal because it was founded by the monarch more than 350 years ago; opened to the public during the reign of Charles I, it has operated as a public service ever since. The Bill before us marks a momentous and historic change-it is an iconic Bill. In Clause 1 the Government have made it clear that they propose to sell off 100 per cent of Royal Mail, albeit with up...

Financial Services (Rural Communities) (29 Mar 2011)

Mark Williams: ...that we have heard from Arfon and from Brecon and Radnorshire makes that point strongly. I concur with what has been said about duty of care. Anger is felt in communities such as Rhayader over the billions of pounds that the banks currently earn. In 2009, a report by the Commission for Rural Communities, “Rural Money Matters”, considered the difficulties associated with rural...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2011)

Lord Whitty: ...39 I wish to speak also to Amendment 54. Essentially, my question to the Minister is the same as it was in the previous debate: namely, why is Ofcom still included? When we started out on this Bill, almost all the economic regulators were in one schedule or another-Ofgem, Ofwat, the Office of Rail Regulation and, I think, the CAA were all in there. However, only Ofcom remains. When my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Ways and Means — Financial Statement (23 Mar 2011)

George Osborne: Last year’s emergency Budget was about rescuing the nation’s finances and paying for the mistakes of the past. Today’s Budget is about reforming the nation’s economy, so that we have enduring growth and jobs in the future; and it is about doing what we can to help families with the cost of living and the high price of oil. We understand how difficult it is for so many...

European Union Bill: Second Reading (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that she has been informed of the purport of the European Union Bill and has consented to place her prerogative and interests, so far as they are affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament, for the purposes of the Bill. In bringing this Bill before the House for Second Reading, I begin by outlining the...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Touhig: In supporting the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Low, I shall speak to my Amendment 16A. The Bill does little to ensure accountability to the devolved Administrations in the United Kingdom. Yet we must recognise the vital services provided by the Royal Mail to the whole of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is part of our country's infrastructure, supporting economic and social...


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