Debates between Lord McNally and Lord McFall of Alcluith during the 2019-2024 Parliament

Ofcom: Appointment of Chair

Debate between Lord McNally and Lord McFall of Alcluith
Tuesday 26th October 2021

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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It is McNally—the noble Lord and I have known each other for only 30 years. It has already been pointed out that Ofcom will shortly be given unprecedented responsibilities for regulation, once the Bill on internet harms has passed this House. Noble Lords have already expressed widespread concern about how this appointment is being made. The Minister mentioned that an appointments panel is about to be appointed. Would it not restore public confidence if that panel were genuinely cross-party and independent in its judgments?