October has seen a busy return to Westminster for me in my role as Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport.

Digital Switchover - Westminster Hall Debate

By now most of you will have heard about the switchover from terrestrial to digital TV - due to be completed by 2012 and taking place region-by-region. The West is being switched in 2009 and you can find out more about the big switch here.

While there is cross-party consensus and support for the switchover we do not agree on all aspects of it. Something I recently raised in relation to this is the need for return path technology to be included in standard set-top boxes - allowing for greater interactivity and ensuring that the technology does not become obsolete as soon as it is installed.

It is also important to note that if you are over 60 years old, disabled or on income support you can receive either free or reduced installation of digital equipment and help in getting set-up and started with it.

Beijing Parade

Thursday 16 October saw our successful Olympians and Paralympians parade through the streets of London to mark what was an astonishing summer for our top athletes. Coming fourth in the Olympic medal table and second in the Paralympic table shows that Team GB punched well above their weight in Beijing. It was fantastic to see such huge crowds turn out to support our athletes and really sets the stage for London 2012. What we have to make sure of now is that the funding is in place for our elite athletes and that the medal parade in 2012 is even bigger involving more successful Olympians and Paralympians. We have a unique opportunity to make our mark on a global scale through London 2012 - an opportunity that cannot be passed up.