Results 181–200 of 3453 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Hancock

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (12 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, advice will be taken from officials in the Department, and procedures are being put in place to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest and that the decision is taken appropriately.

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (12 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: No.

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (12 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I am grateful for the wisdom of the hon. Gentleman, who I know has taken a great interest in these affairs for a long time.

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (12 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I want to make it clear that the Secretary of State’s decision relates to media plurality. Of course, there are competition and labour market issues, but the Enterprise Act rules are clear about the breadth of the decision she will take, and she will follow those procedures very carefully.

Sky: 21ST Century Fox Takeover Bid (12 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I can assure the hon. Lady that the Secretary of State is a fit and proper person to take this decision. Members of all parties have made their views clear, and we will operate carefully, with appropriate guidance in place for both Ministers and officials, to make sure that this decision is taken in the proper way.

Business without Debate: Governance of the BBC (8 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) for securing the debate, and for his dogged pursuit of justice and reasonableness on behalf of his constituent. The case he has raised has at its heart the question of how best to protect free speech and how our national institutions support both free speech and tolerance of others. He has put his case characteristically eloquently...

Petition - Climate Change: Paisley (Cultural Contribution) (30 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: It is a great pleasure to respond to the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands), and I begin by congratulating him on securing this debate on securing the UK 2021 city of culture bid for Paisley. I also congratulate him on, in so doing, uniting the United Kingdom almost like never before and on seeing so many Members representing different parts of Scotland and...

Digital Economy Bill: Interpretation of this Chapter (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England) ( Standing Order No. 83M). [Mr Lindsay Hoyle in the Chair] Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Committee consents to the following certified clause of the Digital Economy Bill: Clauses and schedules certified under Standing Order No. 83L(2) as relating exclusively to England and...

Digital Economy Bill: Interpretation of this Chapter (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I shall not detain the House for long. All I can say is that the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) had an opportunity to talk about clause 85 on Second Reading. Did he do so? No, he did not. There was spare time during the Committee stage. The hon. Gentleman could have joined the Committee, enjoyed our company, and talked about clause 85. Did he do so? No, he did not....

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I can confirm that any public prosecution has to be in the public interest. The public interest is not covered in this Bill, but that is because the nature of a public prosecution is that it has to be in the public interest. I hope that deals with my hon. Friend’s concern.

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Since the Secretary of State will open the Third Reading debate, may I take this opportunity to thank the House for all the comments we have heard, especially those from Opposition Front Benchers? It has been a very collaborative effort, especially on this group of provisions, but also more broadly. I hope that the Bill leaves the House in better shape than it entered it, as it goes off to be...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I am glad that there is a willingness for that data to be shared, because I share the right hon. Gentleman’s passion to improve the use of data to improve people’s lives in Wirral and elsewhere. Given that passion, I hope that the clarity that we will achieve, not least as a result of this debate, will ensure that the data are indeed shared. Clarity is supported by the Data...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. I will happily write to the hon. Lady about the detail of the concerns—I think they are unfounded, but we want to ensure that they are indeed unfounded—that journalists might be caught by increasing the criminal penalty for the intentional disclosure of information under the data-sharing powers, which are intended for the protection of data, especially in the bulk...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I rise to answer the points made so far, but I hope there will be time afterwards for others who still want to speak. We have had a broad debate on the amendments relating to copyright, broadcasting, ticketing, data and intellectual property, and I will speak as quickly as I can and take as many interventions as I can. There are a total of 36 proposed new clauses and amendments, and I propose...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Just you wait. We of course agree that authors should be recognised for e-lending by ensuring appropriate compensation for them in an enhanced public lending right. I need to correct an omission. I belatedly declare a potential interest which I should have mentioned in Committee—at least, I hope that I can declare an interest, as I have a book that is available for borrowing in this...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: The point is that it is not a welfare benefit; it is about funding policy, and the BBC asked for this policy to be determined by the BBC. Indeed, the shadow Secretary of State said that “the charter provides the BBC with the funding and security it needs”—[Official Report, 18 October 2016; Vol. 615, c. 699.] As part of that “security it needs”, we kept, in this...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, we have representatives of all sides coming to the round table, including my hon. Friend the Member for Selby and Ainsty—I am not sure that that will reassure my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare. Although we would not want to close down the secondary market for tickets altogether, clearly the automatic harvesting of tickets sold below market price—so that fans can...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: The proposals in the Bill are permissive, rather than requiring action. I would be concerned if we required the sharing of data, because of their sensitivity, especially when they are not anonymised, which they would not be if the aim was to find children who are eligible for free school meals. We want to make sure that the person receiving the data has the necessary assistance to handle...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I can confirm that it is neither the intent, nor our understanding of the Bill, to do those things, but it is our intent to protect personal information.

Digital Economy Bill: Age-verification regulator’s power to direct internet service providers to block access to material (28 Nov 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I did address this point. I said that the USO contained in the Bill will get high-speed broadband everywhere. Furthermore, a broadband voucher scheme does not require legislation. In fact, we have had one in the past without legislation. This new clause is therefore unnecessary.


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