Results 101–120 of 366 for speaker:John Nicolson

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Intellectual Property (3 Mar 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of the 900 businesses contacted as part of the IPO’s recent Exhaustion of Intellectual Property rights feasibility study (a) responded and (b) were interviewed; and whether he plans to consult businesses further on the matter.

Covid-19: Cultural and Entertainment Sectors (2 Mar 2021)

John Nicolson: I also welcome the hon. Member for Cardiff Central (Jo Stevens) back to her place. It is very good to see her. One year ago, the pandemic changed our world. Lockdown came and, as we found ourselves forced inside and away from our friends and families, many found comfort in the arts and culture. In the past year, every hon. and right hon. Member of this House will have, I am sure, searched...

Business of the House (24 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: I, too, will be brief, because my hon. Friend the Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan), who led for my party, made several astute points on the Bill. The pandemic has shone a light on how essential good broadband is for so many people’s lives. Businesses are often the focus, but we should not forget the role that a steady wi-fi connection can play for residential communities in preventing...

Cabinet Office: Touring Musicians: Reciprocal Visa-free Travel (11 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: What offer his Department (a) made to and (b) received from the EU on reciprocal visa-free travel for touring musicians during negotiations on the future relationship with the EU.

Cabinet Office: Touring Musicians: Reciprocal Visa-free Travel (11 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: Brexit chaos is not just impacting bands and orchestras in the music industry. Given prohibitive new Brexit visa costs, they will need to begin hiring crew and equipment from European suppliers. What hope does the Minister offer those who face losing work because of Brexit?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: EU Travel: Performing Artists (4 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: I deeply regret that Ministers have rejected the EU’s offer. Like petulant weans, Ministers have walked away from negotiations on musicians’ and artists’ visas. The Government did not get what they wanted, and have given up. Stating that the UK’s door remains open is simply not good enough for the people who desperately need visa-free travel in the EU. Without it, there will be...

Defence: Military Training: Overseas Armed Forces (1 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: Which overseas armed forces have received military training in the UK since 1 January 2020.

Defence: Military Training: Overseas Armed Forces (1 Feb 2021)

John Nicolson: The Biden Administration have halted the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, with many Democrats citing the killing of civilians, including children, by Saudi forces in Yemen. A freedom of information request by The Guardian revealed that the Government provided training on UK soil for Saudi military. Will the Minister ensure that the Government expose the widely documented crimes committed by...

Point of Order (27 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. On 10 December, when responding to my question on a recent Information Commissioner’s Office report into political parties’ data collection, the Minister for Media and Data, the right hon. Member for Maldon (Mr Whittingdale), claimed that, when the Conservative party collected the personal data of more than 10 million people based on their race...

UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements (19 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: Covid has been gruelling for the industry. The last thing it needs is the new Brexit visa barriers that we now know the UK Government—not the EU, but the UK Government—insisted upon. There is no money to be made from streaming. Artists make their income by touring. New barriers, visas and endless red tape mean that EU performers will not come to our festivals and our performers will face...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Musicians: EU Countries (14 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that musicians and artists resident in (a) UK and (b) EU countries are able to tour and perform in (i) EU countries and (ii) the UK respectively without visa requirements following the end of the transition period.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Musicians: EU Countries (14 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will introduce a reciprocal touring artist visa waiver programme with the EU to ensure (a) artists, (b) musicians and (c) performers can tour freely.

Xinjiang: Forced Labour (12 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: The poet Perhat Tursun, one of the foremost living writers in the Uyghur language, is one of around 1 million who have been disappeared by the Chinese state into the so-called re-education camps. Turson has been missing since his detention in January 2018. In one of his poems, he writes presciently: “When they search the streets and cannot find my vanished figure Do you know that I am with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Question (11 Jan 2021)

John Nicolson: What recent discussions he has had with (a) devolved Administrations and (b) Cabinet colleagues on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Online Harms Consultation (15 Dec 2020)

John Nicolson: I thank the Secretary of State for the advance copy of his speech, much of which we SNP Members agree with. At a time when anti-vax disinformation floods social media, when hate is spouted at minority groups under the cowardly veil of anonymity, often without consequence for the perpetrators, and when more children than ever before are using the internet and need to be shielded from harmful...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Data Protection: GDPR and Other EU Regulations (10 Dec 2020)

John Nicolson: The independent Information Commissioner recently revealed that the Conservative party had racially and religiously profiled 10 million voters at the last election. I was shocked to learn that it did this by buying data that “identified a person’s…ethnic origin and religion based on their first and last name.” Can the Minister explain to the House why his party does this?

Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (12 Nov 2020)

John Nicolson: Seventy years in the one job is a remarkable achievement, and we on these Benches congratulate the Queen on the occasion of her platinum jubilee. My mother, who died this summer, was the same age as the Queen. A left-wing, pro-European Scottish nationalist, she always had a bit of a soft spot for her contemporary. Mum was not a natural monarchist, but she shared a sense, as so many of that...

Hong Kong (12 Nov 2020)

John Nicolson: Given the latest brutal attack by China on Hong Kong democracy and freedom of speech, will the Minister undertake to increase the number of visas available to Hong Kong citizens, tell us what he will do if they are not recognised by China and reassure those who may need them that they will have access and recourse, in the short term at least, to public funds in the UK if they need to flee?

UK Terrorism Threat Level (5 Nov 2020)

John Nicolson: The UK Government fund community groups to work against extremism. Were the budgets for those groups cut this year? If so, is the Minister concerned that any reduced funding at a time of increased threat could hinder efforts to help communities fight the battle against extremism?

Economy Update (5 Nov 2020)

John Nicolson: We welcome the news that the Chancellor will keep the £20 universal credit uplift beyond next April, but is he aware that that will still leave people seeking work £1,000 per year worse off than they were 10 years ago?

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