Results 1–20 of 3059 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

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Tom Watson: One in five children in their last year of primary school are obese. What plans does the Secretary of State have to restrict further junk food advertising on television?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer, but as a former Digital Minister, he will know that children now spend more of their time online than watching TV. If he does not create a level playing field on advertising, will revenues not just flood from TV to targeted advertising on YouTube, a company that is less regulated and has proved itself many times over to be less responsible and...

Proposed Media Mergers (5 Jun 2018)

Tom Watson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of the statement, for which I had a little more time to read than usual; I suspect that was a benefit of the usual delays caused by Heathrow airport. [Interruption.] I had to get that gag in. This is a saga which we have been living through for 18 months. In December 2016, when 21st Century Fox announced its bid for Sky, the world looked very...

Gaming Machines (17 May 2018)

Tom Watson: Good morning to you, Mr Speaker. I am grateful to the Minister for advance sight of her statement, and I refer hon. Members to my entry in the register. At the outset, let me warmly congratulate the Minister on her decision today. I am not going to be mealy-mouthed about it: we are absolutely delighted that the Government have decided to deliver a Labour party manifesto pledge. Today, we have...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s comments. He stood on two manifestos—for the 2015 general election as well as that of 2017. When I campaigned for him, he heralded our work on setting up Leveson. I regard section 40 as gone—I hope that gives him the reassurance that he seeks.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: The hon. Gentleman is a great man and I admire his courage and fortitude in reading that manifesto, which Conservative Front Benchers and I have always considered to be a dynamic document. That is why Conservative Front Benchers are no longer in favour of foxhunting and the dementia tax. I implore the hon. Gentleman to view it not as a rule book, but as guidance.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: It is true that The Guardian was very critical of section 40, and, indeed, its pioneering former editor, Alan Rusbridger, spoke out against it, but he has said today that there is no real reason that people could give for opposing Leveson 2. I have spoken to a number of local and regional editors in recent months, and they have privately said that they have great concerns about section 40,...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: I am afraid that other Members want to speak, and we have a limited amount of time. I tried to answer the hon. Gentleman’s question as comprehensively as possible. I think that the Lords have listened to the Democratic Unionist party, and have adjusted the amendment to meet their concerns. Although DUP Members are not in the Chamber today, I know that they will follow the debate closely...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Last week, colleagues asked, “What is so special about the second part of the Leveson public inquiry?” Leveson part 2 is that rare thing: an inquiry into a national scandal that the newspapers are not calling for. If any other industry were subject to serious allegations of illegality, corruption...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Tom Watson: I am saying that, although my hon. Friend stood on a manifesto commitment to push section 40, I can envisage no circumstances in which I would move that motion. I cannot speak for the rest of the House. What the amendment would do is ensure that we proceed with an inquiry which was solemnly promised to the victims of phone hacking by those on all sides, and which Sir Brian Leveson believes...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Minor and consequential amendments (9 May 2018)

Tom Watson: I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I want to thank all the individuals and organisations that submitted evidence and participated in the discussions about what we all know to be a fiendishly complicated Bill. I am grateful to the Clerks, the Hansard reporters and the Doorkeepers for making the passage of the Bill possible. Given that this...

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

Tom Watson: Further to the point made by the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) about the special review for Northern Ireland, may I ask the Secretary of State in reference to the Hurst case—the former Army intelligence officer whose computers were hacked by newspaper journalists working for newspapers in England about his activities protecting our state in Northern Ireland—whether...

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

Tom Watson: A newspaper group has admitted liability for criminally hacking the computers of a former Army intelligence officer.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Communications Act 2003: Public Service Broadcasters (22 Mar 2018)

Tom Watson: You are very kind, Mr Speaker. I would like to associate myself and the Labour party with the Secretary of State’s tributes, particularly to the very brave PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life protecting us in this place, and the five others who died in that terrible attack a year ago today.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2018)

Tom Watson: When it comes to personal data theft, the Secretary of State said that “the Leveson inquiry looked into everything in this area, and it was followed by three police investigations…We looked into these things as a society. We had a comprehensive Leveson inquiry.”—[Official Report, 1 March 2018; Vol. 636, c. 974.] Will he tell me which of the inquiries and...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2018)

Tom Watson: In his non-answer, the Secretary of State has shown that the previous inquiries were not comprehensive. There are still questions to answer, including allegations that at least one senior editor misled the first part of the Leveson inquiry and possibly even perjured himself. In caving in to the press barons, the Secretary of State betrays not just the victims of phone hacking but the promises...

Social Security (13 Mar 2018)

Tom Watson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Last week the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced his intention to drop the Leveson inquiry despite new revelations from The Sunday Times whistleblower John Ford, including the obtaining of stolen data on the private information of Dr David Kelly a week before his death. The Secretary of State justified the decision by saying...

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

Tom Watson: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the allegations of blagging at The Sunday Times and the relevance of these to the Leveson public inquiry.

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

Tom Watson: I refer to my entry in the register. The world has not changed. The “one rogue blagger” defence—it has been uttered from the mouth of the Secretary of State. When he announced last week that he was dropping the Leveson inquiry, the Culture Secretary said he was doing so because the inquiry “looked into everything in this area, and it was followed by three police...


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