Lord Howarth of Newport

Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill

Lord Howarth was one of a few peers to speak against the creation of an intellectual property 'tsar'. He drew a distinction between owners of intellectual property and consumers, pointing out that these two groups do not have the same interests. He stated that "everything that is proposed in the amendment for the director-general to do is directed towards advancing the interests of the creators and owners of intellectual property rights. That is fine in itself but there are also, very importantly, the interests of consumers and users."

Addtionally, put forward an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, in Clause 68:

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