Results 41–60 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

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As I say, tackling the sort of unequal pay that we have seen at the BBC is very important. That is why we brought in the measures that we did, which I took through Parliament as the Bill Minister and which we are very proud to have brought in.

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I have a lot of sympathy with what the hon. Gentleman says. Making sure that we have equal opportunities is not only about the protected characteristics in the Equality Act; it is also about social background and making sure that people from all backgrounds get an equal chance.

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The BBC would do well to reflect on the discussions that we have had in this House this afternoon, where we have seen, unless I am mistaken, unanimity from every single Member in demonstrating the need for action that we, as a House, hold to. The defence that, as an organisation, it is better than others and better than the average is frankly not good enough, not just because everybody should...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I am grateful for this opportunity to speak today, and I thank the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) for bringing forward this topic for debate. It is of course the first role of Government to protect the nation and its people and to safeguard our democracy, and we recognise and acknowledge the concern expressed by the House today about the threat posed to our...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We have seen no evidence of interference that has successfully affected democratic outcomes in the UK by a foreign Government. That has been the UK Government position for some time.

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: In a political process, success would potentially involve changing the result of that political process, and we have not seen evidence of successful attempts.

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Absolutely, and I will come on to express that in some pretty firm terms later in my speech. The point is that we have not yet seen evidence of successful attempts, but we remain vigilant none the less. I can assure the House that the whole of Government are alert to the threat and that we are working across Government on it.

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: As several Members pointed out in the debate, there is already evidence of activity in the public domain. The question is about the scale of that activity and whether it is significant or not significant. As I say, there is not yet evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes.

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I will come on to that important point in relation to the cyber-attacks. As the Prime Minister made clear in her speech at the Guildhall in November, we want to build a more productive relationship with Russia, but we also want to see Russia play its full and proper role in the rules-based international order. We will therefore not hesitate in calling out behaviour that undermines that order...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Some evidence has already been declared, such as Facebook’s declaration that there had been some paid-for advertising by organisations that were also involved in US democratic processes. However, as we know, the scale of the activity that has been declared by Facebook is extremely small, amounting to $0.97. I will get on to the point about the transparency of information, because we do...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Of course we support the British Council. The hon. Gentleman made a good speech, but I felt slightly sorry for him, because the former leader of the SNP is on RT, taking RT’s shilling. I can confirm that Alex Salmond’s show is already under investigation by Ofcom. It is rather difficult for the SNP spokesman to say anything on this matter when he is completely contradicted in his...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is wholly inappropriate to appear on RT, and I certainly would not do so myself, but the SNP needs to take a cold, hard look at itself and its relationship in that regard, because I do feel sorry for the hon. Gentleman, who made quite a good speech and lots of good points. I want to respond to some of the points raised in the debate. The right hon. Members for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Liam...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Merry Christmas to you, Mr Speaker, and a happy Christmas to friends across the House, including the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury). In the past we decided to deliver broadband in Scotland through the Scottish Government. We provided additional funding in February 2014 to support further roll-out, but the Scottish Government have only just begun the procurement process using the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I will.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We have tried to work with the Scottish Government for years, but when the First Minister first took my hand on a cold Christmas eve, she promised me broadband was waiting for me. It is three years later and we are still waiting for the Scottish Government to get on with it.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, absolutely, and increasingly we need to ensure that the delivery works on both sides of the border. Obviously, what matters is getting the roll-out of superfast broadband to everybody in the borders and throughout the country. No matter where the administrative boundaries are, what matters is getting broadband connections to people.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I will certainly join the hon. Gentleman in wishing a merry Christmas to everybody in the Scottish National party and the SNP Government in Scotland. I am delighted that, finally, three and a half years after being granted the money, they have got on with the start of the procurement, but it will take another year for the second phase of the roll-out to get going. He, and more importantly his...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Superfast broadband is available to more than 94% of homes and businesses in the UK. We are confident that that will reach 95% by the end of the year. More than 4.6 million additional homes and businesses have superfast broadband available for the first time thanks to the Government’s superfast broadband programme.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is quite right, and I have some Christmas cheer for people in Lincolnshire who want better broadband, because yesterday we announced that we are taking forward the legal guarantee for decent high-speed broadband under the universal service obligation. All I can say on this, Mr Speaker, is that all I want for Christmas is USO.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (21 Dec 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, the USO for broadband will be UK-wide, so wherever someone lives in the UK they will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020.


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