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Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: I begin by warmly congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard) on securing this debate, which covers a matter of considerable concern, both in this country and across Europe. I think we saw evidence of that yesterday, when the Prime Minister gave her statement following the NATO summit. In the questions that followed, five hon. Members raised the issue of Nord...

Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The more one looks at the economic case for the investment, the harder it is to see. The cost of building Nord Stream 2 is estimated at $17 billion, and it will not add to capacity as there is spare capacity in the existing pipeline. Ukraine moved about 94 billion cubic metres of gas last year, which left 55 billion cubic metres of spare capacity. It...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Advertising: Regulation (17 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom will have the primary role in the data provision and analysis of the forthcoming consultation on advertising restrictions.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Advertising: Regulation (17 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what role his Department plans to play in the forthcoming consultation on advertising restrictions as part of the obesity strategy; and if he will ensure that Ofcom have the primary role in data provision and analysis for broadcasting and online advertising.

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s support for Ukraine and the recognition of the potential threat of Nord Stream 2. Will she confirm that there is absolutely no question of any NATO member country recognising the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: UK Visas and Immigration (16 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the chorus of complaints from countries such as Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, where businessmen who want to come to do trade deals with us—indeed, in some cases Members of Parliament or Government Ministers from those countries—are facing lengthy delays in obtaining visas, and in some cases outright refusal? Will she have another look at the issue?...

Sustainable Fisheries (4 Jul 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. Will he confirm that taking back control of our waters will allow us to design a fisheries policies that will be beneficial not just to the commercial fishing industry, but to recreational sea anglers, and will he bear their interests in mind?

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment: Childhood Obesity Strategy: Chapter 2 (25 Jun 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome the Government’s multi-pronged approach, but will the Minister bear in mind the fact that, when it comes to calls for banning advertising before 9 o’clock, such a measure would do huge damage to the economics of the commercial broadcasters, just at a time when fewer and fewer young people are watching scheduled television? Instead, they are now watching the on-demand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

John Whittingdale: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Mr Andriy Parubiy, to Westminster—although I suspect that he is utterly mystified by the events that took place 10 minutes ago? Will she take this opportunity to reaffirm the support of the UK for Ukraine, which is in the frontline against Russian aggression? Does she share the concern of Ukraine,...

Proposed Media Mergers (5 Jun 2018)

John Whittingdale: May I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement and congratulate him and his predecessor on their handling of this matter? He will be aware that it is 16 months since the regulatory process got under way. Does he agree that it would be infinitely preferable if the future of Sky was determined by its shareholders and by the market, rather than by the regulatory timetable? Will he...

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree it is important to maintain not just diversity of supply but diversity of suppliers within the nuclear industry? Will he therefore welcome the progress made in the construction of unit 3 of the Fangchenggang power station in China, which is the reference plant for the proposed HPR1000 reactor at Bradwell-on-Sea? Will he reaffirm his support for that project,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: As my right hon. Friend is aware, at the end of last year my constituent, Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, the daughter of Councillor Miriam Lewis and our right hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Sir Lindsay Hoyle), took her own life, having been in a coercive relationship and suffering mental abuse through what is known as gaslighting. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we need to raise awareness of...

Gaming Machines (17 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome the Government’s decision to cut the maximum permissible stake for B2 machines, but on what empirical research did the Minister base her decision to go so much further than the recommendation of the Gambling Commission that £30 or below would offer the necessary protection?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend share the widespread concern about Nord Stream 2, the proposed Russian gas pipeline? Does he agree that there appears to be no economic justification for it? It is instead a political project, designed to increase European dependence on Russian gas and weaken Ukraine. Will he press that point on our allies—particularly Germany and Denmark?

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will take heed of your reminder about the time limit. It is now over 10 years since the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which I was Chair at the time, first conducted an inquiry into phone hacking. We conducted several subsequent inquiries, which helped to bring out the truth about the extent of phone hacking and other illegal practices. Without the...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: The hon. Gentleman is an old friend—we sat together on the Committee for 10 years—and I have some sympathy with what he says. When I talked to the publications that had joined IMPRESS, they said that one reason they had done so was because of the possible protection offered if they were part of a recognised regulator, in that they would not have to pay costs even if they lost....

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: Deep in my heart, yes I do. As I was about to say, I believe that there is a different climate. Of course, it does not mean that no newspaper ever does something that is a cause for complaint or invades people’s private lives—I have suffered at the hands of the press, but that is the price we pay in this place. However, I believe that the imposition of sanctions of the type that...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: Of course, I agree entirely with my hon. Friend, and I am glad that he focused on local newspapers, because I referred to two changes. The first is the establishment of IPSO, which I believe in all serious respects is now compliant with what Lord Leveson wanted. The second is the complete change in the media landscape that has taken place in the last 10 years. My right hon. Friend the...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: I agree very much with my hon. Friend. Indeed, I would have found it far harder to make the argument that IPSO was basically now compliant with Lord Leveson had it not introduced the scheme that is now in place. That was the biggest difference between the system as designed by my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset in the royal charter and IPSO, and that, as my hon. Friend the...

Exiting the European Union: Negotiations (3 May 2018)

John Whittingdale: What progress he has made on negotiating the UK’s future relationship with the EU.


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