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City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Chris Davies) on securing this important debate on Swansea’s bid to become the UK’s city of culture 2021. As always, I acknowledge the contributions of all Members who have contributed so passionately this afternoon. The full spirit of the UK city of culture has been on show, and a great depth of knowledge has...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. The independent panel will be looking at a whole variety of factors. It will be looking at what advantages, and the extent of those advantages, the different bids are likely to accrue to their given cities, and the economic advantage will be one of the elements that they look at very carefully. As with the other debates, I thought it would be...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: The hon. Lady makes a fine point. Hull has seen brilliant engagement with the arts.

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: Let me make a little progress and then I will come back to the hon. Gentleman. I wonder what he has to say. Hull has seen brilliant engagement with the arts, with nine out of 10 residents attending or experiencing at least one cultural event in the first three months of the year—it might be higher now as we get to the end. That is more than double the number engaging in such activities...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: The hon. Gentleman, as expected and quite rightly so, makes another plea on behalf of his home bidding city of Paisley. I have received so many representations and passionate requests on behalf of the bidding cities. We do not have long to wait, but I do acknowledge the quality of the bids across all five cities, and it is very sad that only one can win this week. I pay tribute to the many...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

John Glen: Throughout this debate the hon. Gentleman has made a number of passionate interventions showing an encyclopaedic knowledge of Swansea, as anyone would expect, but he is absolutely right on this point. The effect of cultural investment in creating a stickiness and a magnet for businesses to want to continue to invest and for employees to want to stay is really important. That is a significant...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

John Glen: It is pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and I thank the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) for introducing the debate. I know the subject is close to the hearts of many Members across the House, and that has been reflected in the nine moving and poignant speeches and the several interventions made this morning. We have heard of the importance of Dr...

City of Culture 2021: Sunderland Bid — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

John Glen: I will start by saying what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I warmly congratulate the hon. Member for Sunderland Central (Julie Elliott) on securing this important debate on Sunderland’s bid to become UK city of culture 2021. I also thank the other hon. Members who have contributed. It is surprising not to see hon. Members from Swansea, Stoke, Paisley...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

John Glen: My hon. Friend is a strong campaigner for the tourism industry. I have had numerous conversations with the tourism industry across the UK and I am having active conversations across Government. I look forward to progress being made on this important issue in the very near future.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

John Glen: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Extending the season is a key priority for the tourism sector. I shall be down in the south-west very early in March to declare the season open early next year.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

John Glen: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. The Government are indeed supporting that sort of work, and we have some internationally renowned institutions doing wonderful work. Digitisation is really important, and the University of Sheffield, for example, is working closely with the Natural History Museum to take advantage of some of the pioneering work it has already undertaken.

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

John Glen: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I thank the hon. Member for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins) for proposing this debate about the National Railway Museum and the ownership of national assets. I am grateful to the large number of hon. Members who have contributed. In my response I will seek to address the specific points made. As we have heard, the collections of our...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

John Glen: Perhaps we could—I welcome that. I have been deeply impressed by the passion that staff and visitors have for their museums and how seriously museums take their duty to preserve and care for their collections, which in many cases, including the national collection, are specifically held in trusts for the public now and for the future. The hon. Member for Darlington (Jenny Chapman) gave...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

John Glen: The principle behind decisions on disposal and dispersal of assets are designed to maximise public exposure to fully functioning assets, so that as many interested people as possible are brought into the country’s museums. I cannot give categorical assurances on exactly how the assets will be displayed and used, but I imagine that is the aspiration in every case. That recent development...

First World War Servicemen: Memorial Plaques (20 Oct 2017)

John Glen: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris) for securing this debate, and I commend him for his eloquence, emotion and seriousness of purpose. It is interesting to hear of the number of memorial plaques and scrolls that were issued to the families of the fallen, reminding us of the huge losses suffered by Britain and the then empire. As we have heard, the...

First World War Servicemen: Memorial Plaques (20 Oct 2017)

John Glen: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her intervention. She has made the case for the importance of local museums all over the country, and the enormous impact that they can have as communities seek to do the right thing by those who came before them and remember appropriately the sacrifices that were made. It is very difficult to categorise the appeal of the plaques to their owners 100 years...

First World War Servicemen: Memorial Plaques (20 Oct 2017)

John Glen: I thank my hon, and gallant Friend for what he has said. Whenever I think of him, I think of his service and the sacrifices made by him and by those alongside him. Once again, he has made a very important point. There are also two invaluable online resources that help to commemorate those who fell. They provide more information about the person commemorated, and give those in possession of a...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

John Glen: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) for bringing this matter before us today. I would also like to acknowledge the excellent contributions. We have had 11 Back-Bench speeches and several interventions, and I will try to respond to some of those, but I also want to respond to this excellent report. I...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Inward Tourism (14 Sep 2017)

John Glen: Data from Visit Britain show that 2016 was a record-breaking year for tourism, with 38 million inbound visits, and the Government are working hard with Visit Britain and the sector more broadly to achieve the aim of 40 million visits per year by 2020.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Inward Tourism (14 Sep 2017)

John Glen: I commend my hon. Friend for his ambition, in his first three months in the House, and I certainly pay tribute to Mansfield Town football club. I would say to him and to all hon. Members that there are such opportunities, particularly looking at the Discover England Fund, which specialises in supporting tourism products outside London. I would draw his attention to that in the first instance.


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