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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Media matters (20 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: ...of Northern & Shell Media Group Limited. The PIIN triggered the requirement for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to report to me on jurisdictional and competition matters, and for Ofcom to report on the following two media public interest considerations:Firstly, the need for, to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable, a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Consumers (11 Jun 2018)

Margot James: The interests of telecommunications consumers are currently championed by Ofcom’s independent advisory body, the Communications Consumer Panel (CCP). As part of the government’s consumer green paper, published in April 2018, the government is seeking views on whether the current consumer advocacy arrangements need to change, and if so, in what way.

Proposed Media Mergers - Statement (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...carefully what is finally proposed, to ensure that Sky News remains financially viable over the long term, is able to operate as a major UK news provider and is able to take its editorial decisions independently, free from any potential outside influence. Will the Minister confirm that Parliament will be kept informed of progress in these negotiations? In the conclusion to his Statement,...

Proposed Media Mergers (5 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As I said in the statement, the analysis that I announced today and have put in the Libraries of the House follows a scrupulous process of scrutiny not just by me and Ofcom, but by the CMA. No matter how long debates over Heathrow took, I am sure that the shadow spokesman has not yet had the chance to read the full 410 pages of the CMA report. It goes into great detail in answering several of...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: ...with the east coast main line, a critical piece of national railway infrastructure serving more than 20 million passengers per year and contributing more than £300 billion annually to the UK economy. Also, independent research shows that investment in it could generate more than £5 billion in additional GDP for our country and our region. The Secretary of State’s ideology...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

...arrangements and the resources, powers and approach of the Information Commissioner and any other relevant authorities in relation to—(i) the news publishing industry (except in relation to entities regulated by Ofcom) across all platforms and in the light of experience since 2012;(ii) social media companies;(f) to make such recommendations as appear to the inquiry to be appropriate...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Postal Services (10 May 2018)

Lord Henley: This information is not held centrally. The Postal Services Act 2011 sets the minimum service level requirements – a 6 days a week letter delivery service to every UK address. Ofcom, as the independent regulator, monitors the delivery of service standards. Its assessments of postal services have been published annually on its website since 2011-12.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Rosie Winterton: ...regulatory arrangements and the resources, powers and approach of the Information Commissioner and any other relevant authorities in relation to— (i) the news publishing industry (except in relation to entities regulated by Ofcom) across all platforms and in the light of experience since 2012; (ii) social media companies; (j) to make such recommendations as appear to the inquiry to...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Comcast (3 May 2018)

Margot James: The Department does not hold information on the regulatory compliance of broadcasters. This information has been requested from the independent regulator, Ofcom, and we will write to the Rt Hon member following the outcome of these discussions. A copy of the letter will be placed in the House library.

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (3 May 2018)

Fergus Ewing: ...Isles. The good news is that around 890,000 additional premises now have access to fibre broadband through the digital Scotland roll-out. Our internal data, as well as that of thinkbroadband—the same independent analysts that the UK Government uses—shows that, by the end of last year, we had exceeded our target of 95 per cent fibre broadband coverage across Scotland. In fact,...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Licensing (1 May 2018)

Margot James: The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not hold the information requested. Broadcasting regulation in the UK is independent from government, hence the information on broadcast licence holders is collected and monitored by Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Update on media matters (1 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: ...April and, having considered these, I have written to the parties today confirming my decision to issue a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) on both grounds. This PIIN triggers action for Ofcom to report to me on the media public interest considerations and the CMA on jurisdiction and any competition issues, respectively, by the 31st May 2018. I will then consider whether or not...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Unsolicited direct marketing: other consumer financial products etc (24 Apr 2018)

Steve McCabe: .... I am not quite sure why the Government have backtracked on what seemed to be such an obvious and solid promise. It might have seemed that focusing on the role of the Information Commissioner and Ofcom was the easy option, but, with all due respect to the hon. Member for North Warwickshire (Craig Tracey), the kind of cold calling that innocent people are being subjected to every day is...

Scottish Parliament: National Plan for Gaelic (24 Apr 2018)

Angus MacDonald: ...turn to English. The member continued in English. Now I would like to concentrate much—probably all—of my allocated time this afternoon on the issue of funding for MG Alba and BBC Alba. I am sure that the whole chamber welcomes last week’s announcement that the broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given provisional approval to BBC plans for a new TV channel for Scotland....

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Fees and Charges (23 Apr 2018)

Margot James: ...ensure that modern consumer markets work for all, both now and in the future, including in the telecoms sector. Government will consider the responses to the Consumer Green Paper and, working with independent regulators including Ofcom, will publish a response detailing how they plan to further protect customers. Currently, the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 protect...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (23 Apr 2018)

Margot James: Ofcom is the independent regulator responsible for spectrum in the UK. Last week, Ofcom concluded an auction for spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. This placed more 4G spectrum and the first spectrum for new 5G services into the hands of mobile operators. Decisions as to where and when the spectrum is used to deploy for networks are commercial matters for the operators.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Update on Media (23 Apr 2018)

Matthew Hancock: ...potential impact the transfer of newspapers would have on editorial decision making. In coming to this decision I have given consideration to the issue of formal mechanisms to ensure that editorial independence is maintained at the acquired titles. The second ground is the need for a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers, to the extent that it is reasonable or practicable. In coming...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Business: Telecommunications (16 Apr 2018)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: In 2015, the UK’s independent communications regulator (Ofcom), extended the use of a Gaining Provider Led (GPL) switching process for consumers (including small businesses with up to ten employees) switching their landline and/or broadband provider across the Openreach network, where the majority of these switches take place. These rules specify a minimum switching period of 10 working...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telecommunications: Competition (16 Apr 2018)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: Ofcom, the independent communications regulator, have recently reviewed the voice only (fixed telephony) market. They found that there are some competitiveness issues in this market which have arisen due to a large majority of consumers moving to voice and broadband packages, and as a result major communications providers withdrawing from the voice only market,limiting consumer choice. Ofcom...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Television: Scotland (3 Apr 2018)

Margot James: As the independent regulator of the BBC, Ofcom is currently conducting a competition assessment on the BBC’s proposal to launch a new television channel for Scotland. The competition assessment will consider whether the public value offered by a new BBC channel would justify any potential adverse effects on fair and effective competition.


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