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Results 181–200 of 5133 for speaker:Jeremy Wright

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

Jeremy Wright: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the BBC has a responsibility here, and to be fair to the BBC, most of the people I speak to at the BBC accept that. However, I do not find the conclusion they have reached so far to be satisfactory, which is why I will continue to speak to them about what more can be done. I very much hope that his conclusion is wrong and that people do not move away from...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Culture (4 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Wright: I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on a range of issues including the soft power strategy. We have been consulting widely across our sectors to ensure the strategy reflects the breadth of our soft power assets.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Museums and Galleries: Marketing (4 Jun 2019)

Jeremy Wright: We will continue to support the work of UK museums and their international counterparts in promoting the free exchange of ideas, knowledge and an understanding of the world around us. It is important that we continue to support the museums, whilst also enhancing their ability to undertake further international trade and build related partnerships through their collections and commercial...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism: Historic Buildings (29 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: In 2018 historic properties responded to a VisitEngland survey of visitor attractions in England, indicating that there were approximately 70m visits to historic properties in 2017. Of these, the most popular types of historic attractions were historic houses, making up 43% of all heritage visits. VisitBritain use historic houses in their promotional material to promote our heritage abroad...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (29 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: We are working with the tourism and hospitality sector to ensure it remains globally competitive. Whether the UK leaves with a deal or not, the UK and the EU have proposed reciprocal visa-free travel arrangements to enable UK and EU citizens to continue to travel freely for tourism in the future. The Government has also confirmed that EU nationals can continue to travel on a national ID...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Horse-racing (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: Our world leading horse-racing industry employs over 17,000 people and contributes around £3.5 billion to rural economies across Britain each year. The Government support British racing, and our reforms to the horse-race betting levy have established a firm financial basis to support the sport.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Horse-racing (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, not just for what he says, but also for the valuable work he does with the APPG to support the industry. He is right that the levy receipts this year will be lower than expected, but he will recognise that there was a very substantial increase last year because the Government reformed the levy in order to bring offshore bookmakers into scope. That was an...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Horse-racing (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: In order to be even-handed, I should offer equal thanks and congratulations to my hon. Friend for the work that he does with the APPG. He is right that horse-racing can make a significant contribution —not just to our sporting life, but to our broader community life. It is important that young people understand the sport and understand horses, and we welcome any opportunity that the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences for Over-75s (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: The Government have guaranteed the over-75s licence concession until 2020. After that, the future of that concession is the BBC’s decision, but we have been clear that we would want and expect it to continue. We expect the BBC’s decision next month.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences for Over-75s (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman is right that television is important for many older and more isolated people, but the key word in his question was “could”. We do not yet know what decision the BBC will make, and it is sensible to wait until we have the proposal before commenting upon it.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences for Over-75s (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: We have made it quite clear that we will continue to fund the concession until 2020. It is worth noting that, over the last two years, the funding has been managed in a transitional way. The Department for Work and Pensions transferred £468 million in 2018-19 to the BBC and £247 million this year. It is important to make that point, because it means that the remainder of the cost is now...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: TV Licences for Over-75s (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: First, let me mostly endorse what the hon. Lady said about the women’s World cup and wish a huge amount of luck to England and almost as much luck to Scotland. I disagree with the hon. Lady’s description of the position. We do not accept the characterisation in the report that she refers to. In relation to TV licences, as she has heard me say this morning, I think it is important to wait...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Society Lottery Reform (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: As outlined in the consultation, we are considering changes to the sales and prize limits for society lotteries. The regulatory framework for lotteries must be appropriate, and both society lotteries and the national lottery should be able to thrive. We hope to respond to the consultation by the summer recess.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Society Lottery Reform (23 May 2019)

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman will not be surprised to hear that I will not announce the result of the consultation until we have that result. We have been saying for some time that we would seek to do that by the summer, and that is what we will do. It is important to consider carefully the balance of arguments. The hon. Gentleman is right to say that society lotteries make a considerable contribution,...

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

Jeremy Wright: I congratulate the four English football teams, one of whom I know you take a particular interest in, Mr Speaker, who have qualified for the European finals. It is the first time that one nation has ever provided all the major European finalists in a single season. We have seen success elsewhere in my Department’s portfolio, too, with the Tech Nation report showing that our digital economy...

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

Jeremy Wright: My hon. Friend is right that we face two challenges: one is skills and the other is access to broadband. On broadband, he will know that we have succeeded in achieving our initial objective of 95% of the country being covered by superfast broadband, and in fact, exceeding that somewhat, but we now need to move on to rolling out full fibre. When we do that, it is important that we focus on...

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

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman is right: if football is to be for everyone, and we all believe that it should be, that should apply to football in our own country and to football in places where we want our fans to be able to travel. It is important that we engage with UEFA, as we have been doing, to send the very clear message that places where football travels to should be welcoming to those who...

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

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman is right that there are not enough tickets available for fans, either on Saturday or next week in Azerbaijan. I think we can agree that as many people who are passionate about their team as possible should have the chance to see them succeed and compete on the European stage, just as they can on the national stage. We believe that it is important to say to UEFA that that is...

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

Jeremy Wright: As my hon. Friend would expect, I am very proud of Silicon Spa in the area of Warwickshire that I represent. I visited one of the games- designing companies very recently. I accept that having one’s picture taken under a big sign saying “Rebellion” is not a sensible thing to do at the moment. None the less, I thought it was important that I made that visit, and I was impressed by what I...

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

Jeremy Wright: As it happens, when I am in London I live very close to the O2, so I hear all kinds of people playing there. The hon. Gentleman is right that we should be looking to deliver the benefits of these kinds of performing opportunities to the whole country. I am happy to talk to him further about what we might do to bring this opportunity to the north, and, of course, all parts of the UK.


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