Examination of Witness (Questions 120
WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2000
120. Maybe we can make a link with you to let
your partners know about it.
A. I am more than happy to.
Lord Woolmer of Leeds
121. It is not simply that these are the problems,
like options and so on, but to indicate why they are problems
and the way in which action would help with the use of them. In
a sense, the agenda you are talking about, understandably, is
different from the agenda that our first presenter today was perfectly
legitimately talking about. You are saying that looked at from
the ground up there are some concrete areas where concrete action
would help European entrepreneurs.
122. You are also saying, are you not, that
there are perfectly good laws around the countries of Europe which,
in terms of their exploitation in the Internet, are not being
123. Could I leave a final point with you and
perhaps you would give a report of this down the line to some
of your people, that if perhaps you might let them have sight
of the questions we put to you it may stimulate some thoughts?
A. Okay. My one fear in setting up those questions
is that we are very broad and we will get a lot of discourse.
You will have a lot of e-mail to read. I am more than happy to
do it. If there are more specific questions we can certainly put
something up on the Web.
124. I am sorry. It may be that we did not get
a list of questions to you in advance.
A. I did have a note from Patrick.
125. But not this one. We did not stick to them,
but it might help us if you had a look at the questions and then
we can be more focused.
A. That is fine.
Lord Woolmer of Leeds: If that is the case we
ought to allow Mr Browning's company to select one or two that
they think the most relevant.
Lord Chadlington: I wonder, Chairman, would
it be possible for us to ask these 30,000 entrepreneurs a couple
Chairman: That is what he is saying.
Lord Chadlington: And are there not two quite
distinct areas that we might consider? The first has to do with
what are the impediments to you building your businesses at an
appropriate rate, and secondly, a question about how do we protect
in our society (what steps could government take to protect) people
from being exploited through the Internet either by pornography
or by illegal activities or by medicines of the kind we have mentioned?
Are those not the two areas which would appear to be coming out
of some of this discussion?
126. We particularly would like a European angle
A. I have scribbled down some notes, but perhaps
we should exchange some e-mails to agree some wording.
127. We will do that. Is there anything more
you would like to say to us?
A. I could go on about some of these questions
which are very good questions. There is probably not much point
because I do not think I would add much to what we have already
said. I think you have asked what you are concerned about. If
there is anything else you have my e-mail. I look forward to being
Chairman: Thank you very much for writing to
us and for coming. It has been a fascinating afternoon. Thank
you also for the work you have promised to do when you leave the