Results 161–180 of 366 for speaker:John Nicolson

Online Harms Legislation (13 Feb 2020)

John Nicolson: It is important that we respond to the new cross-border challenges that have arisen as a result of our society moving increasingly online. I am sure that the Minister will be aware of the Scottish Government’s internet safety plan for children, and I hope that he will co-operate with the devolved Administrations on this issue. The consultation on this area closed last summer, and it has to...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: BBC Licence Fee (13 Feb 2020)

John Nicolson: As the Minister just made clear, he is aware that in only a few weeks’ time, some of our poorest and most vulnerable pensioners will be hit with TV licence fee charges. The Government deliberately foisted what should be a social provision on to the BBC which, foolishly under Lord Hall, accepted this responsibility. Does the Minister agree with the Secretary of State that the Government...

Written Answers — Treasury: Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas (13 Feb 2020)

John Nicolson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure free access to cash for people in rural communities.

UK Telecommunications (28 Jan 2020)

John Nicolson: The Conservative party likes to brand itself as the party of security, but many will think that this decision is born out of weakness. It has come about as a result of short-termism and decades of under-investment. The Prime Minister has gone for the cheapest, least secure option, but it does not take a genius to work out why Huawei is so competitive in cost. It is the Chinese Communist...

5G Network and Huawei (27 Jan 2020)

John Nicolson: I thank the hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat) for raising this crucial issue. He was right, of course, to say that sovereignty extends beyond land and also includes information. Members from all sides of the House have expressed very grave concerns about establishing such a fundamental part of our digital infrastructure with a Chinese-owned technology giant. With reports...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill (22 Jan 2020)

John Nicolson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Totnes (Anthony Mangnall) on his very fine maiden speech. I have heard winching described in many different ways, but never before as “significant encountering”. That is one to add to the lexicon. I was very encouraged by some of the things that he decided to highlight as issues of great passion for him, not least the ban on the ivory trade and sexual...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill (22 Jan 2020)

John Nicolson: Explain. [Laughter.]

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: UNESCO World Heritage Sites (16 Jan 2020)

John Nicolson: I am sure that we are all comforted to know that the Secretary of State is watching us from the Gallery. Further to the questions from my colleagues, the next time the Minister speaks with the Secretary of State, who has been elevated to the Lords and so is beyond the reach of elected Members down here, will she ask whether she has had a firm guarantee from President Trump that he has...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

John Nicolson: I rise to help the hon. Gentleman. I think he may have misheard my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald), who asked him a straight question. We have a word in Scotland: feartie. I say to the hon. Gentleman, “Don’t be one. Give us a straight answer: will you rule out a coalition with the Tories, yes or no?”

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Maladministration (4 Apr 2017)

John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been written off by his Department as a result of maladministration in the last five years.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: Thank you very much indeed, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on securing this debate. The role that the city of culture competition can play in re-energising and regenerating a city should never be underestimated. Back in 1990, Glasgow became the first UK city to be named European capital of culture, and it relaunched our city to an...

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: I always do.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: I cannot believe the hon. Lady managed to shoehorn a bit of British Unionism into a question when I was giving such a politically neutral speech. We are proud members of the European Union and intend to stay a European country. It might just be a coincidence, but in November 2013 the city of Dundee lost out to Hull in its bid to be named UK capital of culture. Less than a year later, Dundee...

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Merger (16 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement. I am pleased that she will intervene in the proposed merger of Sky and Fox, and that she will ask Ofcom to investigate the deal. Scottish National party Members have consistently voiced our support for media plurality and our commitment to broadcasting standards. There are valid concerns about the merger, which will increase...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (16 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: All across Europe, our competitors in the creative industries are ready to pounce, believing that Brexit uncertainty is their opportunity. By refusing to guarantee the residency rights of EU nationals this week, does the Secretary of State realise that the Government have once again shown themselves to be a poor champion for those in this and so many other sectors in the UK?

Sky/21ST Century Fox: Proposed Merger (6 Mar 2017)

John Nicolson: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement and am encouraged to hear that she is minded to intervene in the proposed merger of Sky and Fox. Asking Ofcom to investigate the deal and file a report on media plurality and on commitment to broadcasting standards would be a welcome step in ensuring that this proposed merger is robustly scrutinised. The merger is likely to...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

John Nicolson: I have absolutely nothing to declare, except my recent Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding trip to Israel and the Palestine territories. I have been visiting those countries since the first Gulf war. Back then, Palestinian democrats warned of the rise of the fundamentalist Hamas. They argued that if Israel failed to support an independent Palestinian state, extremism...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (9 Feb 2017)

John Nicolson: Last week, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee took evidence from John Kampfner and others representing the creative industries. Some of those industries employ a 40% EU workforce, and these people are now in limbo. What reassurances can the Secretary of State give that their roles and livelihoods are secure?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

John Nicolson: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the danger is that we will be caught between a rock and a hard place? If our farmers lower their standards to compete with American imports under free trade, those standards may then be too low for the foodstuffs to be admitted to the European Union. It would be a difficult place to be.

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