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Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of our best assets against Russian disinformation and propaganda is the BBC World Service, and will she consider ways of extending its reach, perhaps by incorporating world television? Does she also agree that we need to be very careful not to give any pretext, however unjustified, for the Russians to take action against the BBC and other free media...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

John Whittingdale: Is it not increasingly clear that we are engaged in hybrid warfare with Russia that includes disinformation, political interference, cyber-attacks and now very possibly this act of attempted murder? In considering how to respond, will my right hon. Friend also look at what additional help we might give to the people of Ukraine, who are the front line in resisting Russian aggression and...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree that revelations of blagging by private investigators employed by newspapers have been known about ever since Operation Motorman and the subsequent report by the Information Commissioner, which was more than 10 years ago and led to prosecutions and convictions? He is absolutely right that newspapers today face real challenges, and it is those that we should be...

Government Policy on Russia (6 Mar 2018)

John Whittingdale: It is almost exactly four years since the annexation of the sovereign territory of Ukraine in Crimea by Russia. It is two years since the public inquiry concluded that President Putin almost certainly approved the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Is it not clear therefore that existing sanctions are failing to deter Russia, possibly even from carrying out further assassinations on British...

Leveson Inquiry (1 Mar 2018)

John Whittingdale: I strongly welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. Does he agree that, now more than ever, newspapers play a vital role in holding both the Government and the Opposition to account? He is absolutely right that, rather than looking backwards at the events of 10 years ago and adding to the costs of local newspapers, we should be supporting newspapers in meeting the challenges of the...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

John Whittingdale: Has my right hon. Friend seen the report prepared by the European Parliament’s policy department for citizens’ rights and constitutional affairs, which concludes that a technical solution allowing free movement of persons under a common travel arrangement and a low-friction border for the movement of goods will be possible, and that there is no reason why we should not start to...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2018)

John Whittingdale: I, too, congratulate the Government on the progress made in passing the 95% target for coverage of superfast broadband, but what message can my right hon. Friend give to the over 2,000 households in my constituency that are unable to receive 10 megabits per second, and particularly the over 10% of households in the village of Purleigh who cannot even receive 2 megabits per second?

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

John Whittingdale: What steps the CPS is taking to increase the rate of prosecution of people responsible for female genital mutilation.

Attorney General: Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome this week’s announcement of extra funding to tackle FGM in Africa and beyond. With over 5,000 cases reported in a year in this country, does my hon. and learned Friend share my concern that we are still to bring a successful prosecution?

Sky/Fox Update (23 Jan 2018)

John Whittingdale: I welcome the Secretary of State’s keeping the House informed, but of course he currently has no role. When the CMA presents the final report and he comes to address this matter, will he bear it in mind that, to date, no regulator that has carried out any objective assessment has found any reason to block the merger on the grounds of commitment to broadcasting standards, and also that...

Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

John Whittingdale: Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to the courage of those women who gave evidence against John Worboys, one of whom is well known to us on the Conservative Benches? Does he agree that it is essential that his victims have full confidence that their safety is a priority in the decisions of the Parole Board, which does not appear to have been the case this time?

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

John Whittingdale: I, too, congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment to what is one of the best jobs in government. I also wish his predecessor every success in what is one of the most challenging. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is not good enough for the BBC to say that its performance in this area is better than that in many other sectors? Does he share my view that it is because the BBC...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (21 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: While I welcome the reports that Channel 4 will be employing more people and investing more money outside London, does my right hon. Friend agree that to send the message that Channel 4 is an alternative broadcaster serving different audiences, its headquarters should not be in SW1?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: Is my right hon. Friend aware that estimates show that something like over 1 million people will be watching their festive TV and films using illegal streaming devices? Does she agree that this does huge damage to our creative industries, and will she look at what more can be done to tackle it?

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: I thank all Members who have taken part in this debate. The fact we are squeezed short of time at the end is an indication of the strength of feeling that exists in all parts of the House. I hope we have sent a strong message today to Ukraine that we will give them support. I hope the Foreign Secretary will take the message to Russia that we expect them to abide by the Minsk agreement and to...

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: I beg to move, That this House has considered the situation in Ukraine. I thank you, Mrs Gillan, and the Speaker for this opportunity to debate the situation in Ukraine. I also thank the Minister for Europe and the Americas for coming to respond to the debate, and my colleagues from the all-party parliamentary group. Some people might ask, “Why should we be interested in what is...

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: I agree very much with my hon. Friend. I want to see the entire territorial integrity of Ukraine restored, including not just Donbass but Crimea. In the immediate future, I believe he is right and I am delighted to hear of his work on this question in the Council of Europe. We need to put maximum pressure on Russia to withdraw its support from the terrorists in east Ukraine, and I will say...

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: The military hospital we visited is one of the main ones in Dnipro, and it is under tremendous stress. The people living in occupied east Ukraine are struggling to survive, in terms of both basic necessities like healthcare, which the hon. Gentleman mentioned, and things such as pension payments. The Ukrainian Government are attempting still to provide support to those people, but in terribly...

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: That is a very important point and I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. He is more knowledgeable than I on Russian hybrid warfare, and this is undoubtedly a component. I am sure he will say a little more about that in his contribution. While there are still big problems, we should recognise that progress has been made. In the last three or four years, the Ukrainian Government have set up...

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

John Whittingdale: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I do not share his views about our membership of the EU. The requirement is on all the western nations. The truth is that the biggest contributor to the future stability of Ukraine in both military and financial assistance is likely to be the United States of America. Canada, too, is playing an extremely important role. Yes, the EU is involved, but a country does...

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