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Lords debates the BBC's value

3 December 2021

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The House of Lords debated the BBC’s UK and international value and the case for the government to give it greater support, on Thursday 2 December.


Lord Bragg (Labour), editor and presenter of 'The South Bank Show' and presenter of BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time', put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

  • Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury (Liberal Democract), former BBC Panorama and Newsnight Producer and Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Lord Inglewood (Non-affiated), Director, Public Interest News Foundation
  • Lord Triesman (Labour), Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) Appointments Panel Chair.
  • Lord Vaizey of Didcot (Conservative), former Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy.

The Bishop of Liverpool made his maiden speech.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative), Minister for Arts, responded on behalf of the government.

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Catch up Parliament TV or read a transcript of the debate in Lords Hansard. debate.

Explore background information

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Learn more about how the House of Lords checks and challenges government.  

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