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Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

Tom Watson: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to make a statement on gaming machines and social responsibility.

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

Tom Watson: Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. First, I praise the Minister for the manner in which she has conducted this review. She has kept me and other Members of the House informed throughout the entire process and has shown exemplary attention to detail. It is a shame, therefore, that she does not have a completely free hand in this policy, because we think the outcome could...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: Does the Secretary of State believe our gambling laws are fit for purpose?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: Mr Speaker, surprise is everything in politics: does the Secretary of State believe our gambling laws are fit for purpose?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: From that answer, I feel that our cosy consensus over the future of Sky and Fox might be breaking apart, because Labour Members believe that recent research has shown that Britain has a hidden epidemic of gambling addiction. Moreover, research over the summer has shown that our children are exposed to gambling advertising more than ever before. Let me try to rebuild our spirit of partnership...

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement. The Secretary of State has taken her responsibilities seriously, and I give her credit for that. I give her credit, too, for listening to the evidence before her, including new evidence submitted after she had announced her initial decision, and for changing her mind. I also want to praise my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: rose—

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

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

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Tom Watson: I will be brief, Sir. I am very sorry to hear the allegations that the Secretary of State has made, and I promise her that I will go away and look at the evidence. If Labour party members are involved in this, we will deal with them. Let me say to her that I have been as sickened as she has been by the way in which our colleagues in this House have been targeted for doing their jobs. A...

Fox-Sky Merger (20 Jul 2017)

Tom Watson: Mr Speaker, good morning to you. As this is the last day before the recess, I thank you and your staff for the welcome you have given my new colleagues who were elected in the general election. I thank the Secretary of State for her statement. I am grateful to her for returning to the House before the recess to update us on progress—even if there is not much progress to update us on....

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

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement, albeit in redacted form, which, quite honestly, Mr Speaker, is utterly ridiculous. This decision was delayed as a result of the unexpected general election campaign. I hope that the Conservative party found those weeks as productive as we on the Opposition Benches did, but nothing about this decision is a surprise. It is the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Free TV Licences: Over-75s (29 Jun 2017)

Tom Watson: Mr Speaker, it is very good to see you back in the Chair. I welcome back those on the Front Benches, and all new and returning Members. Page 66 of the Conservative party’s manifesto says that “pensioner benefits, including free…TV licences” would be continued “for the duration of this parliament.” That is until 2022. Is that still a commitment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Free TV Licences: Over-75s (29 Jun 2017)

Tom Watson: The Government cannot guarantee free TV licences beyond 2020, as the Secretary of State has just said, without reopening their deal with the BBC. She appears to have no wish to do that. It raises the question of why on earth it was in the manifesto in the first place. Was it inserted against her wishes? Was it a cynical promise she knew she would break? Or was it just a typographical error?

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of her statement. She says that she will go ahead with what she indicated she was going to do last week. That might not sound like a big deal, but it is more than the Chancellor and the Prime Minister managed yesterday. Labour Members welcome the fact that the Secretary of State is intervening. She will have noticed that 21st Century Fox is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2017)

Tom Watson: Does the Secretary of State feel bound by the 2015 Conservative party manifesto?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Mar 2017)

Tom Watson: Ah, very good. That is interesting, because that manifesto promised to lift the number of women on sports’ governing bodies to 25% by 2017, but it is 2017 already, and we have not achieved that. Did the Secretary of State think that nobody would notice, or, like the Chancellor on national insurance, did she not bother to read the manifesto?

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Proposed Merger (6 Mar 2017)

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of this statement and for writing to me on Friday setting out her intentions. I am also extremely grateful that she has come to the House at the earliest possible opportunity following notification of the bid. I understand that she is in quasi-judicial mode and what that means. I hope, however, that she will listen carefully to the concerns...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

Tom Watson: When I look at the stylish men and women on the Government Front Bench, I think that each and every one of them—except, perhaps, the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for Reading East (Mr Wilson)—could be models on the catwalk at London fashion week. The fashion industry is concerned that, as the UK leaves the EU, we will lose the right to...

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (20 Dec 2016)

Tom Watson: We have seen this bid before. I know that Christmas is a time for TV repeats, but this one was not a hit the first time round and is no more popular now. More than 135,000 people have already signed an online petition calling for the bid to be referred to Ofcom. The reasons for their concern are the same as those that caused the previous bid to be abandoned in 2011. Does the Secretary of...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (16 Dec 2016)

Tom Watson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, the Culture Secretary agreed to come back to the Dispatch Box if a further security breach were to be revealed at the national lottery. In the last few minutes, the Gambling Commission has published a document saying that it was “more likely than not that a fraudulent prize claim had been made and paid out.” There is potentially a great...


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