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Results 1–20 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tom Watson

Online Pornography: Age Verification (17 Oct 2019)

Tom Watson: Every time the Government get in a mess, they used to say, “Uncork the Gauke.” But now, with Morgan missing, the cry goes out, “Where’s Warman?” And here is the Minister again, to clean up yet another Government mess. Just four months ago, the previous Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport came to the House to announce another delay in the introduction of age...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Online Abuse (3 Oct 2019)

Tom Watson: Good morning, Mr Speaker. May I welcome the Secretary of State to her new role and, on behalf of my team, welcome her team to their new roles too? The cyber-security fund forms part of this Government’s approach to combating harmful online activity, but serious doubts have been raised about the fund’s management. Given the concern, can the Minister or the Secretary of State confirm today...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Online Abuse (3 Oct 2019)

Tom Watson: Last week, the Minister made a statement to the House in which he gave the impression that Hacker House was UK-based when he referred to a UK phone number owned by the company. My team phoned it and it was answered by a woman in California. The Minister mentions Companies House. I looked at the Companies House website this morning and saw that there has been a registration detail change—one...

Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)

Tom Watson: I welcome the Minister to his new role, and I thank the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran) for her forensic questioning this morning. This company, Hacker House, got a grant of £100,000. I have looked at the stated aim of the fund, and it says that it is “to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s booming cyber security sector” and...

Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)

Tom Watson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)

Tom Watson: indicated assent.

Hacker House (25 Sep 2019)

Tom Watson: Earlier in our exchanges, Mr Speaker, the Minister suggested that I try to register with Hacker House. I looked at social media, and saw that many people online had tried to do that, but had received the error message “502 Bad Gateway”. Can you explain why Hacker House seems to have disappeared?

Telecoms Supply Chain Review (22 Jul 2019)

Tom Watson: Good afternoon, Mr Speaker. I am grateful to the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and notice of today’s announcement. In January this year, the Secretary of State said that the telecoms supply chain review was “not a Huawei specific exercise”. I am afraid that the report published today may be stretching that phrase to its limits. The Government’s handling of the...

Lotteries Regulation (16 Jul 2019)

Tom Watson: I thank the Minister for her statement. I appreciate the prudent approach that she has taken to the issue. As she knows, I wrote to the previous Secretary of State last summer to raise my concern that society lotteries had been waiting for six years for the result of a review into their regulation. More than a year on, it is now a full seven years that the sector has been waiting for an...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences for Over-75s (4 Jul 2019)

Tom Watson: Perhaps the most difficult part of growing old is the loss of a husband, wife or partner—the person you have shared your every day and every thought with, often over a lifetime. There are nearly 600,000 widowed men and 1.5 million widowed women over the age of 75. An estimated seven out of 10 widows and widowers will lose their free TV licence. That is nearly 1.5 million people who have...

Problem Gambling (2 Jul 2019)

Tom Watson: The whole House is united in supporting the Lionesses in their game at 8 o’clock tonight. The Opposition believe that we must capture the energy created by women’s football; 10 million people will be watching tonight. That is why we think that the next women’s World cup should be added to the “crown jewels” list of free-to-air sport. I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight...

Free TV Licences: over-75S (11 Jun 2019)

Tom Watson: (Urgent Question:) To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to make a statement on free TV licences for the over-75s.

Free TV Licences: over-75S (11 Jun 2019)

Tom Watson: We found out yesterday just how little a Tory manifesto promise is worth. I have read these words in the Chamber before, but I will read them again: “We will maintain all…pensioner benefits, including free bus passes, eye tests, prescriptions and TV licences, for the duration of this parliament.” No ifs, no buts, no wavering—a promise made in 2017 to voters by the Conservative party....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (23 May 2019)

Tom Watson: Good morning, Mr Speaker, and my very best wishes to Jemima and all colleagues’ family members in their thespian endeavours, including my daughter, Saoirse, who has just successfully auditioned to play Nancy in the school production of “Oliver Twist”. UEFA’s inclusion and diversity policy says the following: “Everyone has the right to enjoy football, no matter who you are, where...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (23 May 2019)

Tom Watson: A woeful ticket allocation means that the vast majority of fans will not travel to that match or, indeed, to the Champions league final, because UEFA has favoured corporates over fans. Will the Secretary of State condemn UEFA with me today? On this day when the House is divided over Europe, can we unite to condemn UEFA for its disgraceful treatment of football fans?

Whatsapp Data Breach (15 May 2019)

Tom Watson: (Urgent Question): After that significant and important point of order from the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning), I would like to ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to make a statement on the WhatsApp data breach.

Whatsapp Data Breach (15 May 2019)

Tom Watson: Here we are again: another day, another major data breach from a Mark Zuckerberg company. I am glad that the Secretary of State is with Facebook today, because we can suggest a number of questions for him to put to Facebook. First, what has happened? Spyware called Pegasus, created by the Israeli security company NSO Group, has been used to hack the phones of lawyers and human rights...

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Tom Watson: To take the Minister back to his original point, there is nothing hypothetical about a manifesto pledge. Is he saying that if the BBC drops the concession, he cannot honour that pledge?

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Tom Watson: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Government to honour the Conservative party’s 2017 manifesto promise to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s for the duration of this Parliament by ensuring sufficient funding to do so and, should the BBC propose changes to the concession, to ensure that the proposed changes are subject to parliamentary consent. The motion is in the name of...

TV Licences for over-75S (8 May 2019)

Tom Watson: My hon. Friend is a doughty campaigner for pensioners not just in Coventry but throughout the country. Last week, he exposed the ambiguity in the Government’s position. Yet the Government made a promise in their manifesto—the Prime Minister’s own manifesto; we are told that not many Front Benchers got to see it in advance of publication.


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