Results 181–200 of 3939 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

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is quite right: we have to make sure that we have in place vibrant high-quality journalism and a free press that can hold the powerful to account. Some people may not like that, but it is an incredibly important part of having high-quality political discourse and, ultimately, liberal democracy as we know it. That is what we are focused on. My hon. Friend mentions the costs,...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We have already had a full investigation, through Leveson, of what happened. The question now is what we do next.

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: No. The hon. Gentleman says that this morning’s evidence shows that there needs to be further investigation. This is of course why we have the police to investigate and, if necessary, the courts to ensure that justice is done.

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: It is very hard to add anything more to the fact that there will be an investigation if the police deem the allegations of what appears to be criminal behaviour to be criminal behaviour. The point is that that is a matter for the police in this country, not for Ministers.

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I have of course considered all the relevant evidence, including the representations from Sir Brian, and my judgment is that we need to concentrate on making sure we have sustainable, high-quality journalism in the future. The hon. Gentleman says that these matters are current, not historical, but the activities alleged in newspapers and by the BBC this morning are ones that they say ended in...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We have had an inquiry that investigated what happened in the past. It cost millions of pounds: a total of £48 million was spent, including on the police investigations. There were three separate police investigations and over 40 convictions. The issue of the gentleman mentioned this morning was raised in the Leveson inquiry. The idea that we need to have a new inquiry is actually...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The right hon. Gentleman has made this point in these debates several times, and I want to reassure him on the Government’s precise position. I stated this in my remarks, not speaking from notes, but let me read to him what the Prime Minister said in her speech on Friday: “we will be seeking more than just an adequacy arrangement and want to see an appropriate ongoing role for the...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I hate to take the wind out of the right hon. Gentleman’s sails, but it was unusual to receive that letter from techUK, because rarely as a Minister have I been lobbied so strongly in support of my own position.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As the hon. Gentleman may or may not know, it is entirely standard to count in that way. The same was done on the questions of equal marriage and of BBC charter reform, because there is a material difference between clicking a button to sign a preformed digital signature and writing in separately. This is how things have been in other big consultations. It is entirely normal, and the full...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This House has a noble track record of working with rather than against technology. Whether it was the Electric Lighting Act 1882, which paved the way for electricity in the 19th century, or the Television Act 1954, which opened up our airwaves to commercial TV broadcasters in the 20th century, we have always helped pioneers to overcome...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I absolutely do, and the Bill does bring forward the right to the protection of personal data, as I will set out. It is incredibly important to ensure that such rights keep pace with the sort of modern technologies that the hon. Lady—she is extremely well informed on these topics—refers to, such as the internet of things. The Bill will directly address the issue she raises by...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. Everyone who is a British citizen will have the right to make sure that data about them is held fairly and accurately, and in alignment with rigorous principles. The hon. and learned Lady raises obliquely the point that the Bill contains important exemptions, including those to allow MPs to act on behalf of constituents as part of their casework, and to ensure that we can...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. Exemptions from the GDPR are allowed so that necessary activities can be carried out, including that of making sure that a minority of individuals cannot abuse data protection law with the sole intent of undermining immigration controls. That is provided for in the necessary exemptions. I know that this point was debated extensively in the other place, but we firmly believe...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, there are always legal opinions about everything, and our legal opinion is that that is consistent—that is the basis on which we are proceeding. As I am sure the vast majority of Members would agree, it is important that we control our borders. The Bill provides new data rights, including a stronger right to be forgotten.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I can.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I will happily respond to both points. Under the Bill, data must be deleted unless there are legitimate grounds for retaining it. The details of what is meant by legitimate grounds will be set out in recitals and then guidance from the Information Commissioner. This is one area in which the right to be forgotten, which has been long dreamt of and thought about, is now being legislated for,...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend about not limiting the rights of the free press. He might be aware of amendments that were made in the other place on exactly that issue and which are supported by a number of Members of this House, including, notably, some who are also supported by Max Mosley. I think that we should remove those two provisions. The ability of our press properly to...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I agree that this is a strong set of data protection standards. We intend to stay aligned with the EU standards, not least because they are extraterritorial, which means that anyone wanting to do any business or transactions with EU citizens would have to follow them anyway. There is therefore a very strong case for alignment in this area. Indeed, we have set out that we want the Information...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I thought I had answered the question— the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) was nodding, so I thought I had at least had a crack at it. As the Prime Minister set out on Friday, and as we set out for the first time last August, we will seek, through the Information Commissioner’s Office, to remain engaged in those technical discussions about the future of the rules....


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