Results 41–60 of 3454 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: Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: As part of the BBC charter review, the first part of which took place under my right hon. Friend’s wise leadership, the Government committed to establish a pilot for a new contestable fund. The Government’s consultation closed earlier this year, and we will publish the response and the next steps in due course.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I agree with everything my right hon. Friend said, and I can confirm that that pilot will be going ahead.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I normally think the hon. Gentleman is sensible, but today he seems to have avoided that. The contestable fund is about ensuring that we have a great diversity of success in broadcasting in our nation. As for the “Today” programme, I thought Nick Robinson’s broadcasts from Silicon Valley yesterday were superb. They were all about the interesting changes that are going on in...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I can. More than 90% of homes and businesses in Wealden now have access to superfast broadband, and 16,000 homes and businesses get that because of the Government’s support for the roll-out. We recognise that that leaves just under 10% without it, which can be incredibly frustrating, so we are bringing in a universal service obligation. At the weekend, we announced a further amount...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The Data Protection Bill, which we published in the other place today, is about giving citizens more power over their data while ensuring that data can be used innovatively and effectively. It also introduces new powers to protect minors and to allow people to request the deletion of their data on social media sites at the age of 18, ensuring that they are more in control of their online data.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I am also delighted that “Digital” has been added to the Department’s title. The Scottish Government have been the slowest of all of the different organisations around the country to contract the broadband that we so desperately need. That is why Scotland is behind. We are offering technical support, but they are behind every English county and behind both the Welsh...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I am so sorry to have kept you away from the debate on the withdrawal from the European Union—a subject that I know is very close to your heart. I would like to thank the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell) for securing this important and over-subscribed debate about transparency in and of the BBC. He gave a number...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I did not say that it did so during the debate. It did when the deputy leader of the Labour party, the hon. Member for West Bromwich, wrote to us attacking our insistence on more diversity at the BBC. Maybe the hon. Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan) needs to have a word with his colleague and try to bring him into line. We are in favour of more diversity. At the moment, the Labour...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I think the hon. Gentleman needs to go and sort that out with his colleague. The hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston made—

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We do not have any time.

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I said West Bromwich because when I got to the end of saying it, I could not remember which I was referring to, but I was indeed referring to West Bromwich East. Anyway, Ofcom has powers to insist that the BBC be transparent, and the charter gives Ofcom specific powers to consider the distinctiveness of music output on Radio 1 and Radio 2—not just the number of plays, but the size of...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (5 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. The Bill is part of a wide-ranging strategy to deliver world-class connectivity for our country. That, in turn, is part of our work and commitment to build a country that works for everyone and is fit for a modern age. Whether it is basic broadband over copper, world-class connectivity over fibre or continuous coverage through the air,...

Catfishing and Social Media — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockport (Ann Coffey) on securing the debate. I know that this is an important issue for her and for her constituent, Mr Peacock. I am glad that she has brought it to the attention of the House, and I welcome the opportunity both to raise awareness of the problem and, as she has done, to set out clearly the legal position and what might be done about it....

Catfishing and Social Media — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: That is an important point, and I will come on to it later. The internet brings benefits, but also the new challenges that we are considering. The central point is that fraud, whether it is committed online or offline, can cause serious damage, and fraud includes identity theft. Victims can suffer both financial and emotional harm, and we know that fraudsters not only make money but exploit...

Catfishing and Social Media — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: As I said, the CPS guidance in this area has been updated, because technology moves fast and the CPS has to update its guidance and interpretation of the law from time to time. My hon. Friend is exactly right in what he said and in reporting what I said, which will be in Hansard, but I said it as a conditional—such activity could be a criminal offence, because it depends on potential...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: That is not the case. The Digital Economy Act 2017, which was the last Bill passed in the previous Parliament, gives us the power to require a universal service obligation so as to get high-speed broadband to everybody.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is a serious frustration and we will use the powers.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Everyone in the House knows the importance of being connected, whether through traditional means or, increasingly, through digital connections. Whether the issue is the next generation of broadband technology, better mobile phone coverage or preparing for the next generation of 5G, the Bill is all about improved connectivity. Whether we...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: That was me talking about what we have done so far—just wait until I talk about what we need to do in the future. I strongly agree with the hon. Lady that we need to do much more, which is what the bulk of my speech is all about. Indeed, it is what the Bill is all about. If she holds the view she espouses, I look forward to her marching through the Division Lobby later in support....

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It may well help, but the universal service obligation is the thing that will really help those people, because it means everybody will have a right to a high-speed broadband connection. Some of those connections will be delivered by the next-generation full fibre connectivity and some of them by the existing technology, but our whole package of measures to deliver better broadband and...


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