Results 1–20 of 3738 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Hancock

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizen Service (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The National Citizen Service is a life-changing experience. The programme delivers good value for money for the taxpayer, and the most recent evaluation showed that the summer programme generated over £2 in benefits for every £1 spent.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizen Service (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I think the outcomes from the NCS are very powerful. It brings communities together and it is one of the most effective things that we have in making sure that people come together at a young age and understand our national life as a whole. Of course we are always seeking to improve its administration; the hon. Gentleman would expect nothing less.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizen Service (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Just over 99,000 young people participated in the NCS last year. This year, the target is 100,000—so a little bit higher. We are looking to increase and broaden participation so that people from all backgrounds and communities get the opportunity to engage. In fact, engagement is very strong among the most disadvantaged groups.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizen Service (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes; the hon. Gentleman is a man after my own heart. The outcomes from the NCS are incredibly positive, and that will always be at the forefront of our minds.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Citizen Service (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I would like it to become universal, but we are not requiring it to be universal because we want people to want to be on the programme. However, I think the message is increasingly getting out there that this should be done.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We take problem gambling very seriously and have taken decisive action on fixed odds betting terminals. We are determined to tackle that social blight and have decided to cut the maximum stake to £2.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: In our response to the consultation, we set out significant further steps to strengthen the safeguards for online gambling. The Gambling Commission already has a whole series of requirements in that area. There is more to do, and we are getting on with it.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s support and for that of many Members across the House for the action we are taking on problem gambling. Clearly it is important to ensure that we tackle online issues as well. That is complicated by the nature of the technology, but the Gambling Commission is working hard to ensure that the right protections are in place.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, this needs to go through Parliament, and there is a process that needs to be followed. In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, the change needs to be linked to an increase in remote gaming duty, paid for by online gaming operators at the relevant Budget. There are steps that need to be taken, but the hon. Gentleman knows just how enthusiastic I am to get this...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: That issue has been raised, and we have looked at it. Working with the Gambling Commission, we want to ensure that we get the rules in this space right.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We put that issue into the review, and I am sure that my hon. Friend’s consideration will be taken into account, along with others.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Libraries support people, communities and society as a whole, by providing access to books and literature and, increasingly, to modern technology.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I commend Suffolk Libraries, which is a thriving public service mutual that, as my hon. Friend says, does a great job. Today could not be a better day to celebrate what Suffolk Libraries does, because Suffolk Day, on midsummer’s day, celebrates everything that is brilliant about the county that is beautiful and full of wonderful people and great food. It is a great place to visit, a...

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

Matthew Hancock: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is the Department for all the things that make life worth living. This week, one moment that really made life worth living was Harry Kane’s 91st minute winner against Tunisia. I am sure the whole House will join me in wishing the England team the best of luck on Sunday and beyond. In the past week, we have seen three records set in...

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

Matthew Hancock: Yes, absolutely. Representing four towns myself, I entirely understand where the hon. Gentleman is coming from. We try to ensure that the funds that we supply through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are available right across the country, whether that means vouchers for broadband, or the cultural development fund to improve the cultural life of an area. Huddersfield, like...

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

Matthew Hancock: We are working with all stakeholders—the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the public service broadcasters—to take this question forward. Of course, it is not just a matter of advertising. To tackle obesity in this nation, we need a full spectrum approach that looks at all matters. Possibly some of the most important measures are those that encourage reformulation so...

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

Matthew Hancock: As I said in my previous response, we need a full spectrum response. It is akin to the debate we had earlier about gambling advertising. This is not just a matter of TV. Increasingly, people are watching things through all the technologies available. We have to make sure that the response is appropriate to that.

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

Matthew Hancock: Yes, absolutely. Property rights are the foundation of a market economy and intellectual property rights are the 21st-century version of that. The copyright directive is a good directive. We have to get the details right in its implementation, but it is a good step forward and I look forward to it becoming law.

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

Matthew Hancock: It is almost as if my hon. Friend had some connection with Taunton. [Laughter.] She certainly speaks well for it. We are absolutely determined that when the cricket world cup comes to this nation next year we will gain the full benefit, including all the business people who will come here. I went to India with the world cup trophy itself to encourage Indian tour operators to send as many...

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

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. We passed legislation to introduce the universal service obligation to ensure that everyone could have access to decent broadband by 2020. It has been harder in Scotland—we have been waiting five years for the Scottish National party Government to spend the £20 million that we promised them—but now we are just getting on with it and delivering directly to the...


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