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Dormant Assets Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 - Authorised reclaim funds: duty to assess and report (31 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: I know that the Westminster press corps has been waiting for something exciting to happen in Parliament today, so I am glad to be able to help to provide it. It is good to see the Secretary of State in her place fresh from her “Channel 4 News” interview triumph. The SNP welcomes the Bill and the expansion of the dormant assets scheme. The extra £880 million available as a result is...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill (26 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: In 2016, the need for regulation on product security became undeniable when huge swathes of the internet went down. This included websites such as Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Reddit and Airbnb. The attack was conducted by a botnet, an interconnected series of programmes running on a huge number of hacked devices, which overloaded the web providers with requests for access. However, unlike...

BBC Funding (17 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: I thank the Secretary of State for an advance copy of the statement, not that we needed it; she shared her thoughts with Twitter. Plus ça change. We all know that the timing is to distract from the Prime Minister. The Secretary of State claims that the move will protect pensioners from court cases, but that argument is disingenuous nonsense. It was this Conservative Government who abolished...

Draft Online Safety Bill Report (13 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: I also thank my friend, the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Damian Collins), for securing this important debate and for his skilled chairing of the Joint Committee. His expertise and diligence ensured a thorough pre-legislative process. I also extend my thanks to the hard-working Committee staff and to the other members of the Committee, with whom it has been a pleasure to work. You...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Online Safety Bill (6 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: Happy new year, Mr Speaker. My hon. Friend the Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Allan Dorans) raised a strong point about scrutiny and good government. Before Christmas, the Secretary of State appointed her preferred candidate as chair of the Charity Commission. Within a week he was gone, after it was discovered that he had behaved inappropriately to women colleagues, sending one a...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Online Safety Bill (6 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: I am not angry with you, Mr Speaker.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2022)

John Nicolson: You may have a sense of déjà vu, Mr Speaker, when I tell you that before Christmas the Secretary of State appointed a preferred candidate as Charity Commission chair. Within a week he was gone, when it was discovered that he had sent a photo of himself in a Victoria’s Secret store. Does the Secretary of State do no vetting when she appoints candidates? When she appoints a new candidate,...

Written Answers — Treasury: Culture Recovery Fund: Scotland (10 Dec 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his planned timetable is for passing on the remaining £31 million allocated to the Scottish Government as a consequential of the £300 million Culture Recovery Fund uplift in the Budget of March 2021.

Dormant Assets Bill [Lords] (6 Dec 2021)

John Nicolson: We in the Scottish National party welcome the Bill and the expansion of the dormant assets scheme. The extra £880 million now available as a result is very welcome, especially in what is an extremely difficult time for so many up and down the country. Already the scheme has delivered £745 million for social and environmental initiatives. By expanding the current list of assets that qualify...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stability and Peace (2 Dec 2021)

John Nicolson: As the right hon. and gallant Member knows, as a BBC presenter I interviewed him many times at that time. He mentioned a number of times the secession of the Bosnian Serb part of Bosnia. If they pull out their troops from the joint army and set up their own army, that surely takes us right back to the time that he was there. It is a clear breach of the Dayton accords. It arms them and makes...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stability and Peace (2 Dec 2021)

John Nicolson: As the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Alicia Kearns) said, Putin is the common factor in destabilising Belarus, Ukraine and Bosnia. Just as we support them, should we not also make it clear to the Serbs that if they continue to destabilise and to help Putin, EU membership will remain a distant dream for them?

Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: Scots stood slack-jawed with astonishment this week at the news that the Prime Minister has abandoned his DUP bridge to Northern Ireland—perhaps he will offer hot air balloons for the crossing instead, and inflate them himself. We have broken bridge promises to Scotland and broken rail promises to northern England. With buyer’s remorse consuming the Tory Back Benchers, who does he think...

Backbench Business: Touring Musicians: EU Visas and Permits — [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (18 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: I thank the right hon. and learned Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) and the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (David Warburton) for securing the debate. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Dr Huq. I always say that; I do not always mean it. In this case, I wholeheartedly do. Oh, my goodness—here we are again! The needle is stuck. The arguments go round and round....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sport (18 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: I am sure the Secretary of State will join the Minister in congratulating Josh Cavallo, the only top-tier footballer in the world currently playing to have come out publicly as gay. He will be an inspiration for LGBT kids everywhere who love football. Does she agree that it is a damning indictment of football in this country that no professional player in the game who is currently playing has...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Software: Children (9 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to prevent children accessing adult applications on tablets and phones.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Media: Children (9 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to evaluate the adequacy of social media companies’ risk assessments of the likelihood of children using their adult services.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television: Privatisation (8 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will require Channel 4’s current office and headcount in Glasgow to be maintained in the event that it is privatised.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four Television: Privatisation (8 Nov 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department will take to protect investment in the creative sector in Scotland in the event that Channel 4 is privatised.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four: Privatisation (22 Oct 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the evidential basis is for the privatisation of Channel 4 (a) supporting levelling up by boosting business growth for independent producers outside of London, (b) protecting the high value jobs supported by those companies across the UK and (c) sustaining growth in the broader creative economy beyond the M25.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel Four: Privatisation (28 Sep 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of privatising Channel 4 on (a) businesses and jobs in the UK production sector; (b) the balance in the creative economy between London and the rest of the UK and (c) UK viewers’ access to original and distinctive UK content.


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