Results 41–60 of 3958 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

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s support and for that of many Members across the House for the action we are taking on problem gambling. Clearly it is important to ensure that we tackle online issues as well. That is complicated by the nature of the technology, but the Gambling Commission is working hard to ensure that the right protections are in place.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, this needs to go through Parliament, and there is a process that needs to be followed. In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, the change needs to be linked to an increase in remote gaming duty, paid for by online gaming operators at the relevant Budget. There are steps that need to be taken, but the hon. Gentleman knows just how enthusiastic I am to get this...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: That issue has been raised, and we have looked at it. Working with the Gambling Commission, we want to ensure that we get the rules in this space right.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We put that issue into the review, and I am sure that my hon. Friend’s consideration will be taken into account, along with others.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Libraries support people, communities and society as a whole, by providing access to books and literature and, increasingly, to modern technology.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I commend Suffolk Libraries, which is a thriving public service mutual that, as my hon. Friend says, does a great job. Today could not be a better day to celebrate what Suffolk Libraries does, because Suffolk Day, on midsummer’s day, celebrates everything that is brilliant about the county that is beautiful and full of wonderful people and great food. It is a great place to visit, a...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is the Department for all the things that make life worth living. This week, one moment that really made life worth living was Harry Kane’s 91st minute winner against Tunisia. I am sure the whole House will join me in wishing the England team the best of luck on Sunday and beyond. In the past week, we have seen three records set in...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, absolutely. Representing four towns myself, I entirely understand where the hon. Gentleman is coming from. We try to ensure that the funds that we supply through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are available right across the country, whether that means vouchers for broadband, or the cultural development fund to improve the cultural life of an area. Huddersfield, like...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We are working with all stakeholders—the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the public service broadcasters—to take this question forward. Of course, it is not just a matter of advertising. To tackle obesity in this nation, we need a full spectrum approach that looks at all matters. Possibly some of the most important measures are those that encourage reformulation so...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As I said in my previous response, we need a full spectrum response. It is akin to the debate we had earlier about gambling advertising. This is not just a matter of TV. Increasingly, people are watching things through all the technologies available. We have to make sure that the response is appropriate to that.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, absolutely. Property rights are the foundation of a market economy and intellectual property rights are the 21st-century version of that. The copyright directive is a good directive. We have to get the details right in its implementation, but it is a good step forward and I look forward to it becoming law.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: It is almost as if my hon. Friend had some connection with Taunton. [Laughter.] She certainly speaks well for it. We are absolutely determined that when the cricket world cup comes to this nation next year we will gain the full benefit, including all the business people who will come here. I went to India with the world cup trophy itself to encourage Indian tour operators to send as many...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. We passed legislation to introduce the universal service obligation to ensure that everyone could have access to decent broadband by 2020. It has been harder in Scotland—we have been waiting five years for the Scottish National party Government to spend the £20 million that we promised them—but now we are just getting on with it and delivering directly to the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I think the whole House will want to congratulate David Dimbleby on his achievement as he steps down. While of course the job must be awarded on merit, I do think it is about time there was a woman at the helm of “Question Time”.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: There is no greater enthusiast for digital technology than me, and I warmly welcome the pupils and staff from Wick high school. Of course, technology must be used appropriately in schools. There are many incredibly bright schoolchildren in the Visitors’ Gallery, and I hope that they can make the most of all the digital technologies that are available.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I am absolutely delighted that the hon. Lady has mentioned the Great Exhibition of the North, which will be launched tomorrow in Newcastle and Gateshead. I shall be going straight up there after questions, and the Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton North (Michael Ellis), will be going tomorrow. It will be a brilliant...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is also a great example of the future of the north of England, and I would be delighted to meet him to discuss these new technologies that are coming on stream that will help improve connectivity in Yorkshire.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (21 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The first thing we have done is fought off attempts to put more costs on to local newspapers, and now we have the Cairncross review, which I hope my hon. Friend will engage with, which is looking at how we can make them sustainable for the long term.

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...

Proposed Media Mergers (5 Jun 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Absolutely. My goal on the timeline is to consult within a fortnight. That consultation is required by law to take 15 days, which means that, hopefully, within a month, I will be able to get undertakings in which I have full confidence and can then consult on and conclude this process.


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