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Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I support the Salisbury convention: if something is in the party of government’s manifesto and this House passes it, the other place should be very careful about sending it back. Indeed, the Salisbury convention says it should not. I hope that the vote of the House today is respected, because we will then have considered this question twice. We have made concessions, taking on board...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I have a lot of sympathy with what my hon. Friend says. The best course of action now, given where we are, is to vote for the Government’s position and make the point incredibly clear.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I welcome the fact that we have self-regulation of the press and that IPSO has been set up. Unlike when the Leveson inquiry took place, we now have an effective self-regulator that has introduced low-cost arbitration. The crucial thing about this self-regulator is that is has now committed itself to having compulsory low-cost arbitration, which it has not had until now.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I agree comprehensively with my hon. Friend, who set it out incredibly well. I want to take a look at the precise details of amendment 62B, because it is unnecessary. First, it promises to look into the reporting restrictions around arrests, but this work is already under way. Indeed, I have committed to working with hon. Members to get the details right. Secondly, it promises to look into...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: No, I do not. Our proposal, which does not involve statutory regulation, is the best solution to this challenge and will ensure the separation of press and state, which is at the heart of our freedoms. It would be wrong to cross that line.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Furthermore, IPSO has now been granted powers to require front-page corrections—we saw it recently flex its muscles and use this power. When two years ago Sir Joseph Pilling concluded that IPSO largely complied with Sir Brian’s recommendations, the one major omission was compulsory arbitration. IPSO has now introduced compulsory low-cost arbitration, which the major national...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman has clearly not been following the debate. IPSO’s introduction of low-cost arbitration and the guidance on how to access it will ensure a stronger system of self-regulation. All sides in this debate agree that our press must be free to report without fear or favour, to uncover wrongdoing and to hold the powerful to account. It is now a more difficult time than ever to...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: If that is the hon. Lady’s concern, she should vote with the Government this afternoon. She should listen to the journalist who uncovered the thousands of victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham, and who said that with statutory regulation under section 40 it would have been effectively impossible for him to do his job. We do not propose statutory regulation of the press, because we want...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That this House disagrees to Lords Amendment No. 62B proposed instead of the words left out of the Bill by Commons Amendment No. 62 but proposes amendments (za) to (a) to Clause (Review of processing of personal data for the purposes of journalism) inserted by Commons Amendment No. 109 and amendments (c) to (f) to the Bill in lieu of the Lords Amendment. The House should be...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: No. The purpose of amendment (c) is to make sure that a report is laid on the effectiveness of that arbitration. With this set of amendments we propose that this House can continue to debate and scrutinise the effectiveness of the self-regulation of the press without requiring statutory regulation, which we seek to avoid.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: That will be up to the Government of the day. We are trying to ensure that the welcome moves by IPSO in the last few weeks can be debated by this House and sustained. I think that the low-cost arbitration that it has brought in is good for the press and good for ordinary people who want redress from the press. I want to see it continue, and this report will consider whether it does.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: No. I do not want to see amendment 62B from the other place in the Bill precisely because I do not want to see statutory regulation of the press; I welcome the self-regulation of the press, because we want the press to be free.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I think it is very important that the elected House, having considered the question and supporting a manifesto commitment of the party in government, should have its say. That is absolutely right. It is a very important constitutional argument, but I am also making an argument of substance. The approach that we are proposing is the right one—that we do not have statutory regulation of...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We warmly welcome Channel 4’s agreement to establish a new national headquarters outside London. I am sure that a number of cities throughout the country will be well placed to host Channel 4. The final decision on the location is one for Channel 4 and will be made later this year.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, as well as moving its national headquarters outside London, Channel 4 has committed to increase its production spend outside London to 50%, much of which will end up in the devolved nations. I am delighted to say that Channel 4 currently seems to be very popular right across the country. Once it has made its decision to go to one particular place, I hope it remains popular...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I like to make decisions, but I am delighted that this is one I do not have to make.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I admire the hon. Gentleman’s modesty, because he merely asked for a place on the shortlist, as opposed to winning the decision. Of course, there will also be creative hubs for those cities to which Channel 4 does not move. I am sure that this afternoon’s Westminster Hall debate on this topic will be well subscribed so that this debate can continue further.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I love Glasgow. It is an amazing city that is really going places. I am delighted that there is so much enthusiasm from every corner of the House for the fulfilment of a Conservative party manifesto commitment.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. It is almost impossible to overplay the amazing advances in broadcasting production in Northern Ireland over the past few years. It has been an absolute triumph and a great addition not only to the economy but to society and culture in Northern Ireland. I am sure that Channel 4 will consider that, too.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband and Mobile Coverage: Rural Areas (10 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As well as moving Channel 4 outside London, we are clear that we need to continue to improve broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas. We hit the target of achieving 95% coverage by the end of last year, and our broadband universal service obligation will be implemented by 2020, to make sure that nobody is left behind.


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