Results 181–200 of 3577 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

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Of course I am very sorry. I am glad that we managed to begin appropriately at the start of the debate. The many Members who contributed to the debate have a clear direction of travel, which is to underline the importance of journalism and local media—especially newspapers, but also broadcast and online media. As the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland said, quoting Harry Evans, journalism...

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. I am a strong supporter of the Welsh language and of S4C—I love it so much I even had an unnecessary argument about who came up with it. It is incredibly important that people are held to account in a language that is understood by local citizens. That is what democratic accountability is all about, and that includes in Welsh. I take her point....

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I am always very happy to contribute to the hon. Gentleman’s dreams. To deal with this one right now, I am absolutely delighted that the hon. Gentleman has welcomed the Conservative Government’s establishment of S4C and has accepted that, in fact, it was introduced by a Conservative Government. We, as Conservatives, welcome the cross-party support for it.

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

Matthew Hancock: It is a great pleasure to serve under your excellent chairmanship again, Mr Hollobone, and to congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on securing the debate. Rarely has a more harmonious debate taken place in this Chamber. The hon. Lady is a passionate advocate for her city, and we have also seen that from Members on both sides of the House who support the bid....

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

Matthew Hancock: With so much local knowledge on display in this debate, added to the contribution made by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull East (Karl Turner) about the impact that city of culture status can have on a town, I am really a bit part in this debate. All the arguments have already been made, and most of the facts deployed. UK city of culture is about naming a city, getting the attention of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I can tell the House that independent figures show that superfast broadband is now available to 92.5% of UK premises; we are on track to meet our manifesto commitment of 95% by the end of the year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend’s support for the Digital Economy Bill means that the universal service obligation to bring high-speed broadband to every premises in the UK is getting closer to reality. Not only that, but because of the take-up of superfast broadband, every person in Northamptonshire who takes it up also helps to get the roll-out to go further, because more money goes back into the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Of course the delivery of the broadband contract in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Government, but they have made some progress on this recently and we have been working together. The geography of Wales means that the roll-out there is harder, but that does not mean we should not get to everybody with high-speed broadband by the end of the decade. I hope that the hon. Lady’s support...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Working with the hon. Gentleman on this subject has been unusually enjoyable, because he is not making party political points on this one; he has been working hard for his constituents and we have been engaged in serious correspondence. The truth is that we use independent figures on the roll-out, but a lot of people do not take up the broadband that is available to them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I can. In the Budget we announced that we are going to have a full-fibre business voucher. This means that businesses will be able to access a voucher to help provide a full-fibre connection, giving gigabit speeds. The first wave of projects will be towards the end of this year or the start of next year, and I look forward to working with my hon. Friend on implementing that deal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I thought that even the hon. Gentleman was going to join in this non-partisan celebration of connectivity, but unfortunately he could not resist.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, we are making some progress in Lancashire, but there is much more to do. I hope that my hon. Friend’s support for the Digital Economy Bill and the universal service obligation will help to make sure that we can connect everybody in Lancashire with a decent speed over the next couple of years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Diversity (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We are firmly committed to improving diversity and social mobility in broadcasting, as we are in all other areas of the creative industries. Next week, we will host the first ever formal diversity forum at the Abbey Road Studios, bringing together people from music, film, theatre, broadcasting and sport to build a country that works for everyone.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Diversity (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We have made some progress with on-demand services, and the broadcasters do a very good job of making sure that subtitling is available. Technology has obviously changed the way people consume video, and a lot more of it is on-demand, so we are going to introduce rules to ensure that on-demand gets the same sort of subtitling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Diversity (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We rightly do not have direct Government regulation of the BBC regarding such matters, and I think that is appropriate. Nevertheless, through the new charter we are introducing Ofcom as the regulator. That will be the case once the Digital Economy Bill becomes law, after which it will be for Ofcom to regulate the BBC, and the BBC’s board will ultimately be responsible for making sure it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Diversity (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: No. On the Welsh appointment to Wales, it is a great pity that although the Welsh Government had a representative on the panel who signed off the appointability of the candidate, the Welsh Minister then decided not to appoint. Given that the Welsh Government agreed that the candidate in question was appointable, it would be far better for the appointment to be made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Arts and Culture: Local Authority Funding (16 Mar 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Local authorities should recognise the huge benefits that investing in arts and culture can bring. Many already do, and are building successful partnerships to deliver arts and culture, and to develop new models of working together.


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