Results 1–20 of 1641 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Whittingdale

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

John Whittingdale: As my hon. Friend has said, there are 850 pages of these documents and so far the Chairman of the Select Committee is the only Member who has actually seen them. I understand that the documents have been sent to two Select Committees of Parliament and to the devolved Administrations. As a former Chairman of a Select Committee, I can say that leaks are not without precedent. I would not want...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend share my concern about the decline of local newspapers and the consequences for local democracy? Will she welcome the launch by the BBC of the local news partnership, which will support the employment of local democracy reporters? Does she agree that, perhaps now, Google and Facebook, which also profit from local journalism, could support that initiative?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

John Whittingdale: As vice-Chairman of the Committee on Exiting the European Union, I thank my hon. Friend for his answer. The Select Committee has not actually discussed this matter formally, but from my own point of view, may I tell him that what he has said to the House this afternoon seems to be entirely reasonable?

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

John Whittingdale: I welcome the announcement of the consultation, particularly as there is now information about the effect of category B2 machines that did not exist when the Culture, Media and Sport Committee looked into the matter around five years ago. Will the Minister confirm that the Government’s position remains that any future decisions will be evidence-based?

European Council (23 Oct 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree with the Committee on Exiting the European Union that it would be in the best interests of both sides if we could conduct the negotiations on the divorce settlement in parallel with those on our new relationship? Does she therefore agree further that any flexibility on the size of our exit payment must be linked to flexibility in other areas to be negotiated?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund (14 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: What progress her Department has made on establishing a public service broadcasting contestable fund.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund (14 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: While I recognise the BBC’s huge contribution to public service broadcasting, does the Minister agree that some TV genres are underserved, and that a public service broadcasting contestable fund could increase competition and innovation? Will he confirm that the Government intend to go ahead with a pilot in due course?

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: I understand and support my right hon. Friend’s decision, or at least the decision she is minded to take. However, she will be aware that by the time the CMA reports, it will be well over a year since the matter was first proposed, which has created considerable uncertainty for the companies and for investors. Does she therefore agree that whatever verdict the CMA may reach, that ought...

Exiting the European Union: Membership of the European Economic Area (7 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree that continued membership of the European single market, which some Opposition Members seem now to be advocating, would negate many of the advantages of leaving the European Union, while requiring us still to accept decisions that we could no longer influence? To that extent, it would actually be worse than continued membership as a full member.

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree that a failure to pass the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, transferring European law into British law, would plunge this country into chaos when we leave the European Union? Does he find it extraordinary that any party claiming to respect the decision of the British people should contemplate voting against it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my hon. Friend agree that the pilot scheme that allowed the filming of judges’ sentencing remarks in criminal courts has been a success? Will he now consider going further in allowing the broadcasting of court proceedings, so that justice is not just done but seen to be done?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Ukraine (11 Jul 2017)

John Whittingdale: What steps he is taking to support economic and political development in Ukraine.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Ukraine (11 Jul 2017)

John Whittingdale: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the organisation last week of the Ukraine reform conference in London, which demonstrated that Britain will continue to play a leading role on the world stage in the years to come. Can he confirm that, while Ukraine still faces major challenges, progress is being made in areas such as tackling corruption? Will he also tell us what more can be done to...

21ST Century Fox/Sky Merger (29 Jun 2017)

John Whittingdale: May I commend my right hon. Friend for the scrupulous way in which she is following the advice she has been given while giving the maximum opportunity for interested parties to comment at each stage? Would she also agree that the only thing on which the Opposition spokesman was correct was that when it comes to plurality, it is becoming increasingly obvious—and the general election...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2017)

John Whittingdale: Will my right hon. Friend welcome the appointment of Alex Mahon as the new chief executive of Channel 4, who I hope will bring a fresh approach? Will she confirm that it remains the Government’s view that the distinctiveness of Channel 4 will be enhanced by its being relocated outside London?

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

John Whittingdale: Where I agree with the right hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer) is on the fact that the decision that was taken just over one year ago was probably the most momentous political decision taken in my lifetime and that it will have profound consequences for this country. Obviously, it is essential that we should try to get the best possible deal. Unlike him,...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

John Whittingdale: I accept your stricture, Mr Amess. I agree completely with my hon. Friend, whom I am delighted to see back in his place in the House of Commons. British farming is already doing a great deal to support the environment. In designing a new system of support, we should emphasise that farmers need to be rewarded for what they are doing to conserve the landscape for future generations. The...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

John Whittingdale: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the principal reasons why the British people voted to leave the EU was to reassert the supremacy of this Parliament and the UK courts? Will she confirm that, when we do leave, that will be the position for all citizens resident in the UK, no matter from where they came?

Magnox: Early Contract Terminations (27 Mar 2017)

John Whittingdale: Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the workforce at Bradwell-on-Sea in my constituency? They are doing a magnificent job in decommissioning the power station there. Will he confirm that nothing in his statement will prevent that work from continuing? Will he also listen to their concerns about the effect on their pension entitlements of certain changes that have been made...

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (16 Mar 2017)

John Whittingdale: On the establishment of inquiries, my hon. Friend will be aware that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is considering whether to reconvene the Leveson inquiry, which has already sat for 15 months, at a cost of more than £5 million, to examine events approaching 10 years ago. What advice would he give to the Secretary of State?

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