Results 1–20 of 1056 for speaker:Damian Collins

Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Nov 2022)

Damian Collins: Criminal gangs who are operating to bring people into this country in small boats—an issue that directly affects my constituents of Folkestone and Hythe—are openly using social media platforms to recruit people to use their services. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the Online Safety Bill will require social media platforms to take effective action to remove this content, and is it...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Media: Disinformation (27 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The primary purpose of the Counter Disinformation Unit is not to spot every instance of disinformation across all social media platforms, but rather to understand overall trends and coordinated attempts to artificially manipulate the information environment. When the Unit does identify particular pieces of harmful content which may violate platforms’ terms of service these are referred to...

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Dowd. This is my first appearance as a Minister in Westminster Hall, and your first appearance in the Chair, so we are both making our debuts. I hope we have long and successful reigns in our respective roles. It is a great pleasure to respond to the debate secured by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Hampshire (Damian Hinds) and...

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: As the hon. Lady knows, I can speak to the Bill; I cannot speak to the business of the House—that is a matter for the business managers in the usual way. Department officials—some here and some back at the Department—have been working tirelessly on the Bill to ensure we can get it in a timely fashion. I want to see it complete its Commons stages and go to the House of Lords as quickly...

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: As the hon. Lady knows, I cannot speak to the business of the House. What I would say is that the Department has worked tirelessly to ensure the safe passage of the Bill. We want to see it on the Floor of the House as quickly as possible—our only objective is to ensure that that happens. I hope that the business managers will be able to confirm shortly when that will be. Obviously, the hon....

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The answer is yes, absolutely. It was always the case with the Bill that illegal content, including fraud, was in scope. The question in the original draft Bill was that that did not include advertising. Advertising can be in the form of display advertising that can be seen on social media platforms; for search services, it can also be boosted search returns....

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: I would like to touch on some of the other issues that have been raised in the debate. The hon. Member for Leeds East (Richard Burgon) and others made the point about smaller, high-risk platforms. All platforms, regardless of size, have to meet the illegal priority harm standard. For the worst offences, they will already have to produce risk assessments and respond to Ofcom’s request for...

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: Wrap it up in the next—

Online Harms — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (26 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: I will just touch on a couple of other points that have been raised. My hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (Simon Fell) and other Members raised the point about the abuse of footballers. The abuse suffered by England footballers after the final of the European championship is a very good example. Some people have been charged and prosecuted for what they posted. It was a...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT: Skilled Workers (24 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The latest economic statistics show that there are now 1.81 million people working in the Digital Sector in the UK. The number of people working in digital occupations, which require advanced digital (i.e. IT) skills such as computer programming, has increased by 54% since September 2020. Digital skills covers a broad range of competencies, knowledge and skills. DCMS commissioned research...

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for over 75s) Bill (21 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: In the short time I have, I will address the concessionary licence fee for the over-75s and provide the necessary context for a range of relevant issues, including the BBC’s decision to end free TV licences for the over-75s, the Government’s work on decriminalising TV licence fee evasion and our broader road map for BBC reform, including our intention to review the licence fee funding...

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for over 75s) Bill (21 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: I thank my hon. Friend for what he has said, but, for the record, I am not the Secretary of State, although I am a Minister in the Department.

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for over 75s) Bill (21 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: Just to confirm for the record that it was, of course, the BBC’s decision to end free television licences for the over-75s. It was ultimately the BBC’s decision.

BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for over 75s) Bill (21 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The BBC agreed to a financial settlement with the previous Government that provided transitional funding, after which the BBC would take on responsibility. That was always the case, and it was the deal the BBC signed up to at the time.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Internet: Crimes of Violence (20 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The Online Safety Bill will require all in-scope platforms to assess and mitigate the risk of illegal content appearing on their sites, or of their sites being used to facilitate illegal activity. All in-scope platforms will need to design their services to prevent exposure to illegal content and will need to set out in their terms of service how individuals will be protected from illegal...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Technology: Competition (20 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The new pro-competition regime will remove the obstacles to competition and drive growth in digital markets, delivering lower prices for UK families, and giving consumers more choice and control over the services they use online. The Draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill was announced as part of the Queen's Speech 2022 and will be published as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Technology Platforms: Transparency and Accountability (20 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The Government are driving forward a digital regulatory approach that unlocks growth and boosts trust. As part of that, we are taking steps to improve transparency and accountability, including through the Online Safety Bill; data protection legislation that maintains rules for responsible usage; and digital markets legislation, which will promote competition in digital markets.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Technology Platforms: Transparency and Accountability (20 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: Absolutely. I agree with my right hon. Friend: it is really important that big tech platforms are transparent and accountable to their users in their terms of service for how they trade. That is important in the principle of how the Online Safety Bill works, both in protecting freedom of speech and in ensuring that companies enforce their platform policies correctly. In terms of digital...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sky Betting and Gaming: Football (19 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: Football clubs can enter a wide variety of commercial partnerships but all partnerships with gambling operators must be conducted in a socially responsible fashion and never target children or vulnerable people. Specifically the EFL and its clubs operated an affiliate scheme as part of their partnership with Sky Bet from 2013 to the 2019/20 season. The scheme has not been active since the...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Internet: Safety (18 Oct 2022)

Damian Collins: The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is currently reviewing the adult safety duties and the definition of content that is harmful to adults. This is to ensure that we strike the right balance between protecting users from harmful content online and protecting users’ rights to freedom of expression.


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