Results 41–60 of 3667 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

Cambridge Analytica: Data Privacy (19 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I hope that they have heard that, and I think it would be very sensible if they did.

Cambridge Analytica: Data Privacy (19 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of all the different things that have surprised me and shocked me in this revelation, the decision by Facebook to take down the whistleblower’s Facebook account, and the removal of their WhatsApp account and the Instagram account, was the most surprising—[Hon. Members: “Use a stronger word!”] I thought it was outrageous, and I will say why. Facebook has some serious...

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

Matthew Hancock: This morning we saw reports in the media of a potential fraud and data protection breach by a former private investigator. The allegations are of behaviour that appears totally unacceptable and potentially criminal. Investigation is therefore a matter for the police, and the House will understand that there is only so far that I can go in discussing the specific details and allegations. More...

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

Matthew Hancock: I think I covered all those questions in my statement. As I mentioned, not only did the Leveson inquiry have terms of reference that covered this type of allegation, but this person was raised at the Leveson inquiry. As the hon. Gentleman implied, it is of course a matter for the police to follow up any evidence of criminal wrongdoing. He also asked whether we should therefore bring in an...

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

Matthew Hancock: I respect my right hon. and learned Friend’s view. Indeed, it was an honour to serve with him in government. But the question that faces us is: what is the right thing to do now to ensure that we have high-quality democratic discourse, when the press face such great challenges, and to tackle fake news, deliberate disinformation, clickbait and the impact of the internet, which was hardly...

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

Matthew Hancock: Of course I respect the constitutional settlement. Action is necessary as a result of these revelations, and it is action for the police into allegations of what appear to be criminal activities.

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

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. We have a good working relationship with the Information Commissioner. Her powers are being strengthened by the Data Protection Bill, and I am sure that the level to which and the ways in which they are strengthened will be properly scrutinised as the Bill goes through Committee and further stages.

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

Matthew Hancock: Not only has there already been a Leveson inquiry into those areas, but the culture has clearly changed, and the fact that these practices ended in 2010 underlines the fact that they are historical. What we now have to address is how we ensure that there is high-quality journalism in the years to come, rather than revisiting the time when the right hon. Gentleman was at the height of his powers.

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

Matthew Hancock: It was a great pleasure to serve in government with my right hon. Friend, who preceded me in this job. He has great wisdom in this area and understands the challenges faced in having a high-quality media with high-quality journalism that must behave appropriately and ensuring that people have redress, such as in the low-cost arbitration system that now exists. He put a lot of work into...

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

Matthew Hancock: I want the low-cost arbitration system that has been put in place by the Independent Press Standards Organisation to work. At the moment, we have not seen a full case go through it. It has just been put in place, in November, and I want to see it work better. I want to make sure that when wrong decisions are made, there is a proper acknowledgment of and apology for that.

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

Matthew Hancock: I have a lot of time for my hon. Friend. Making sure the country works for everyone means making sure we have a press that can investigate people and cannot be put off such investigations by the threat of costs, even if everything they report is accurate. Therefore, I think that section 40 is not appropriate, but it is important that we have proper redress through IPSO, which has recently...

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

Matthew Hancock: The hon. and learned Lady has demonstrated just how much this is a matter for the courts and potentially criminal. She raises the issue of civil action. That is how in this country we deal with misdoing such as this that is potentially criminal.

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

Matthew Hancock: Certainly the allegations we have read about are potentially criminal, and dealing with that is a matter not for Ministers but, rightly, for the police.

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

Matthew Hancock: Because I am concentrating on what we need for the future, not on what happened more than seven years ago.

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

Matthew Hancock: Not only is that what is in place, but it is what must be in place. Ensuring that that happens and that, at the same time, the free press is protected and standards are protected is extremely important.

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

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Lady tries to argue that things are not different from seven years ago. The challenges facing the press are different, but the polity is also different. We have legislative changes in the rules for the police—we have a new police code of ethics—and on the press side, we have a wholly new regulator. The idea that things are the same as they were is undermined by the fact...

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

Matthew Hancock: That is right—as well as always facing the challenges that are in front of us now. The idea that we should put at risk hundreds more local newspapers, over and above the 200 that have shut since 2005, is anathema to me, because it is so important that our local press is supported. People who support the implementation of section 40 support ending the ability of the local press to...

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

Matthew Hancock: As the hon. Lady knows, if the allegations are to be investigated, that is a matter for the police. They will therefore look into these allegations, and that is the right place for that to happen.

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

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is spot-on. There is a group of people in this House right now who are interested in the past, and there is a group interested in the future, and I am firmly interested in making sure we have decent, high-quality journalism for the future.

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

Matthew Hancock: These are allegations of criminal behaviour that are printed in a newspaper—a newspaper that supported the approach we took on Thursday—so they are being printed in the media and discussed in this House. Allegations of criminal behaviour should of course be dealt with properly by the police in the normal way.


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