Results 761–780 of 1073 for digital economy bill

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...listening to. He said that the coalition should think carefully about the ability to reach an agreement. As my noble friend Lord Davies said, the power to reach an agreement on this contentious Bill is within the hands of the Government. There have been a couple of not so much accusations as suggestions about whether the fact that there has been a forensic analysis of this Bill, which has...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (5th Day) (21 Dec 2010)

Lord Knight of Weymouth: My Lords, I was very pleased to put my name to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Greaves. I pay tribute to him for the way in which he is scrutinising this Bill, and in particular the arm's-length bodies in the Defra family, as we lovingly call it. My interest in this is as the midwife of the Commission for Rural Communities. I was the Rural Affairs Minister responsible for the Natural...

Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (16 Dec 2010)

Lord Clement-Jones: ...good luck to him in that very important project. But luckily today we have my noble friend Lord De Mauley, who was fully conversant with all the discussions over spectrum during the passage of the Digital Economy Bill, so I am confident that he will be able both to reassure and to enlighten me about some of the issues underlying this order. It is also a little bit of a reunion when I see...

Internet Pornography (23 Nov 2010)

Claire Perry: ...herring. Although the content of the internet is generated out there in the wild west on millions of international websites, access is concentrated in the hands of a small number of companies. The Digital Economy Act 2010 states that there are 450 fixed internet providers in the UK, but that the top six, which include household names such as BT, Virgin, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Orange and O2, have...

Grandparents (Access Rights): National Insurance Contributions Bill (23 Nov 2010)

Steve Pound: ...shows that that simply is not possible. We will immediately have the difficulty of disincentivisation occurring in the south-east, while the benefits are transferred to the rest of the country. The Bill is also ferociously complicated. Everybody thinks they know what a new business is, but nobody can define it. We heard in an intervention by the hon. Member for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie...

Public Bill Committee: Postal Services Bill: Clause 2 (18 Nov 2010)

Gregg McClymont: ...that making shares available in Royal Mail is for the purpose of attracting capital to Royal Mail as a whole. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said in the debate on the Bill on 27 October: “The problems that Royal Mail faces can be addressed through the Bill. After all, it is the only company with the ability to visit all 28 million addresses on a daily basis....

Public Bill Committee: Postal Services Bill: Clause 2 (18 Nov 2010)

Gordon Banks: ...17, 18 and 15, which are in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Llanelli. First, amendments 17 and 18 call for either a super-affirmative motion or an affirmative motion before the Bill, or the order to which it refers, becomes lawful. As there are a number of new MPs on this Committee, it might be useful if I explain how those work. Older heads, such as the Minister, can...

Identity Documents Bill: Report (17 Nov 2010)

the Earl of Erroll: ...would be as simple as that. That would not be very expensive to administer. If the Government wished to give the contract to one of the large systems integrators, however, they would end up with a bill for about £5 million, because it is their job to make sure that partners in America are well satisfied with lots of dosh. They are the people whom the Government will have to pay at the end...

Public Bill Committee: Postal Services Bill: Clause 1 (16 Nov 2010)

Nia Griffith: ...Mr George Thomson, the general secretary of the National Federation of SubPostmasters, recently warned in a newspaper article that “many sub-postmasters are hanging on by their fingertips.” The Bill proposes to cut those fingertips off altogether. They may be clad in beautiful new gloves due to the investment money announced last week, but the chopping off of the vital contract with...

BBC Funding (CSR) (10 Nov 2010)

Ian Murray: ...service on behalf of us all. The outcome for the BBC from the CSR has shown contempt for the corporation, and the opportunity has been lost truly to change the organisation in the context of a new digital age, changing and fast-moving markets and, significantly, shrinking budgets across the sector in programme making. The BBC also has a responsibility to consolidate its own activities...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Backbench Business — The Internet and Privacy (28 Oct 2010)

Ed Vaizey: ...I think it is one of the few times that Parliament has debated properly this important aspect of the internet-that is, how it affects people's privacy. I suspect that the issue was raised when the Digital Economy Bill was debated at length in the other place-it was debated only briefly in the House of Commons. There have been few, if any, debates on this important issue, which touches...

Comprehensive Spending Review — Statement (20 Oct 2010)

Lord Sassoon: ...repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. "Mr Speaker, today's the day when Britain steps back from the brink and when we confront the bills from a decade of debt; a day of rebuilding, when we set out a four-year plan to put our public services and welfare state on a sustainable footing for the long term, so that they can do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Comprehensive Spending Review (20 Oct 2010)

George Osborne: ...locally collected business rates. Some in local government have concerns about the financing of social care. I can announce that grant funding for social care will be increased by an additional £1 billion by the fourth year of the spending review, and a further £1 billion for social care will be provided through the NHS to support joint working with councils, so that elderly people do...

Digital Switchover: Communications Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2010)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, despite the late hour, I am glad that your Lordships' House has had this opportunity to review the progress made towards digital switchover, both for television and radio, since our committee's report was published in March and in light of this Government's or the previous Government's reaction, which was produced in June. Today the noble Baroness, Lady Rawlings, has already heaped...

Royal Assent: Summer Adjournment (27 Jul 2010)

Chris Bryant: ...at times be a bit more careful about our history. That brings me to the first issue I want to raise, which relates to the pernicious and now-published Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. It is pernicious because, for a start, it shackles together two issues that have no proper right to be in the same Bill. If they have to be in the same Bill, they should be in the same...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Lucas: ...we are really aiming at because it gives the public a chance to participate. We should certainly go for post-legislative scrutiny; I entirely agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, that the Digital Economy Act should be a prime candidate for that. It was only half discussed before it was passed into law and is full of controversial stuff. This time next year we shall have a much...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2010)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: ...that one of the recurrent themes since the Leader's Group established in 2001 by the late Lord Williams of Mostyn is the desire for pre-legislative scrutiny. That group suggested that virtually all Bills should be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny, but it was later agreed that while the growth in pre-legislative scrutiny was welcome, the aspiration that it should include virtually all...

Finance Bill (6 Jul 2010)

Ben Gummer: ...for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin), who showed in his maiden speech that he will be a robust defender of his constituents, even though-if I may say so-his grasp of accountancy as it pertains to the Finance Bill and the proposals of the coalition Government bears similarities to that of his predecessor in his seat. This is a vital Finance Bill: it is one of the most important Bills to come before...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Music: Performing Rights Royalties (29 Jun 2010)

Stephen Farry: I shall approach the matter from a slightly different angle. The Minister will be aware that, when what is now the Digital Economy Act 2010 was proceeding through Westminster, it did so during what was called the “wash-up” phase. Some people view that Act as being overly punitive on issues regarding music royalties and abuse of the Internet to that end. Given the controversy surrounding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Ways and Means — Financial Statement (22 Jun 2010)

George Osborne: ...also fair. This is an emergency Budget, so let me speak plainly about the emergency that we face. The coalition Government have inherited from their predecessors the largest budget deficit of any economy in Europe, with the single exception of Ireland. One pound in every four we spend is being borrowed. What we have not inherited from our predecessors is a credible plan to reduce their...


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