Results 1–20 of 2852 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jeremy Wright

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Public service broadcasters should do what they can to spread prosperity and opportunity across the whole country. For example, my Department has supported Channel 4 in moving 300 and more of its staff outside London and increasing its out-of-London commissioning spend. I look forward to other broadcasters following its example.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I thank my hon. Friend for his generous welcome. He is right that the 5G testbed announcement is good news for the west midlands. In the longer term, it is good news for the whole country, because it will give us the opportunity to test what 5G can do across a range of different communities. As far as Channel 4 is concerned, my hon. Friend will understand that I need to be a little careful....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: It is also worth noting that the west midlands has a young and diverse range of Members of Parliament too, but my hon. Friend is right: it is important for Channel 4 that it has the benefit of the talent that the many regions of the UK can bring to it. I hope that it will pursue that objective, whether it locates itself in Birmingham or in any of the other candidate cities.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman makes. Channel 4 is fortunate in that it has to choose from a number of strong bids from a number of excellent places, but, as I said, this is a decision that Channel 4 must make, and it must do so on the basis of its own requirements, as well as what I hope will be its motivation to spread opportunity across the United Kingdom.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I agree with the hon. Gentleman to this extent: talent is absolutely located in large and small communities around the country. One of the challenges for broadcasting is to be able to draw on all that talent. The decision that Channel 4 has to make—again, I stress that it is a decision for Channel 4 and not for me—is where to locate its national headquarters. I hope it will do...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Broadcasters (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I thank the hon. Lady for her welcome; I look forward to working with her, and I had a very productive meeting with Michael Matheson and Fiona Hyslop while I was in Edinburgh last month. In terms of what the BBC can and should be doing in Scotland, the hon. Lady will know that it takes very seriously its responsibility to reach beyond London and England and into the regions and nations of the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK Tourism (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Tourism is hugely important for the United Kingdom, and it will be one of my priorities in this Department. We provide financial support through VisitBritain and VisitEngland, which are responsible for promoting the UK through a range of initiatives and campaigns, including the £40 million Discover England fund, which is aimed at encouraging visitors to explore the regions of England...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK Tourism (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind words. As he says, I am familiar with the challenge he sets out, and he is right to focus on the cultural development fund, which is £20 million that can be used to open up the potential of various parts of this country. He will know that we are moving in the new year towards an announcement as to who has been successful in their bids under that fund....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK Tourism (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: We certainly want to see that be a successful Open championship, and we will look at any way we can to assist. The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that there are difficulties at the moment in the absence of an Administration in Belfast, but we will do all we can to help, and I look forward to speaking with him and others about how we might do that.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK Tourism (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I understand my hon. Friend’s enthusiasm, and as he has heard me say, I entirely share it—I think tourism is something we should focus on in the Department, and we will. In relation to the sector deal, there has been a small further delay, caused, I am afraid, by me, because I wanted to look at that deal to make sure it is as robust and powerful as it possibly can be. However, my...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UK Tourism (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to the hon. Lady. I am not familiar with it yet, but I am sure I soon will be. I will certainly be speaking to the Arts Council about the work it can do across the country, including in her part of the world, to provide support.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: As my hon. Friend the Member for Thornbury and Yate (Luke Hall) knows, our superfast broadband programme has achieved 95% national coverage, but I appreciate that that is of little comfort for people in the remaining 5%. For that reason, the programme is continuing to roll out to further rural areas. We are also clearing the 700 MHz spectrum to improve mobile coverage, and our full fibre...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. Although I am sure that the bid to which he refers will be considered, I cannot tell him whether it will be approved. However, I can tell him that there will be support from my Department to get as much of the rural parts of our country as possible covered under the existing superfast broadband programmes and adjuncts to it, of which there are several. Then,...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: Yes is the short answer but, as you would expect, Mr Speaker, I will not leave it as a short answer. All I will say in addition is that there are a number of ways in which we can help. We want to work with local areas, and there may well be very specific local solutions in areas such as North Devon so that we can expand coverage more successfully.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I offer my hon. Friend the reassurance that, in relation to the process that is under way, I expect that a considerable amount of the infrastructure will be reused in the full fibre roll-out process, so there will not be as much over-building as he fears. On the full fibre roll-out, he may have noted that at the end of July we set out plans for what we describe as an outside-in...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I am grateful to the right hon. Lady, and the two points she makes are entirely right. First, people are coming to expect good quality broadband connections, and they have a right to expect them, because many areas of activity now need to be carried out online. Secondly, it is important that we do not build new houses without decent quality broadband connections, or the capacity to make those...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: It seems there are a number of different ways of approaching the broadband challenge. The Government support a number of different programmes, perhaps not all of which are known about in every corner of the country. I am happy to write to the hon. Gentleman with further details of those programmes to make sure they are all canvassed in his area.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: The hon. Gentleman is right that we must look carefully at the way in which spectrum auctions are conducted. He will know that Ofcom is now considering the best way to auction the next section of the spectrum. We will continue to urge Ofcom to do that in a way that maximises the ability of most parts of this country to benefit.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: It is a privilege to be have been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at the start of a very busy summer for the Department and its sectors, not least with England reaching the semi-finals of the World cup. That was the point at which I took over, and England made no further progress. However, Gareth Southgate and his team deserve congratulations, not just on...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (6 Sep 2018)

Jeremy Wright: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind welcome and apologise to him for the omission; he will understand that it has been a remarkable summer of sport and listing all of it would, I am sure, have antagonised Mr Speaker. The hon. Gentleman is right to point out Glasgow’s success in that regard. There has been a great deal of engagement, not least that involving the Sport Minister, my...


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