Results 161–180 of 3487 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband: Universal Coverage (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I will look into the figures that the hon. Gentleman mentions. Thinkbroadband, the independent body that publishes figures on this, thinks that the number of properties in Aberavon to which superfast broadband is available is much higher and, indeed, ahead of the national average. There has been a huge effort to roll out superfast broadband but, of course, there is a difference between...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband: Universal Coverage (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I very strongly agree with my hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband: Universal Coverage (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The premise of the hon. Lady’s question is wrong. Many companies are now delivering into the Broadband Delivery UK scheme. In fact, companies that did not even exist a few years ago are now delivering superfast broadband—and much faster—right across the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is very good to see a member of the shadow team who has been voting with the rest of the shadow Front Bench this week. On the important issue that she addresses, ensuring internet safety is, as she knows, at the top of the Government’s agenda. It has been a crucial part of the Digital Economy Bill, and the proposal she makes is also something we are considering very seriously.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I agree with my hon. Friend, who makes an important point. The Advertising Standards Authority, a non-statutory body, is looking into some of these issues, but it needs to look more broadly to make sure that people know what they are getting and advertising is proper and fair.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2017)

Matthew Hancock: This is a very important point. It is vital to make sure that we have an unhindered flow of data between the UK and the EU, and indeed other trading partners around the world such as the US. We are implementing the general data protection regulation in full, to make sure that we can have that unhindered flow of data.

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is a great pleasure to respond to this debate on the importance of S4C and its future. Although I grew up on the Welsh borders, I am still in the early stages of learning Welsh. My vocabulary runs to only a few words, most of which were learned from road signs—“Araf” is something I will never forget. This is something that is close to my heart and to the...

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: That is an incredibly tempting invitation. In this financial year, the DCMS funding is £6.762 million, and the funding next year is set to be £6.058 million. I know that my hon. Friend is suggesting that those two figures ought to be closer—

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Or, as my hon. Friend says, the same. In terms of timing, we always said that the review of S4C would follow the BBC charter renewal, which is now complete. In fact, the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport today announced its support for the new chair of the BBC unitary board. That decision now needs to go to the Privy Council. It would be unusual and constitutionally interesting...

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. The figures set out in the spending review 2015 are £6.762 million for this financial year and £6.058 million for the next financial year. It is thanks to the efforts of my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and others—not least those who called this debate today—that the Secretary of State is looking at that issue. We are...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is a pleasure and an honour to be called to the Dispatch Box to respond to this debate. Like everybody else, I put on the record wholeheartedly my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) for introducing the Bill. He gave a great exposition of the Bill and set out in good detail what he hopes we can achieve. I also put on the record my thanks to the officials in the...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I have no doubt that all 19 million were totally astonished. It just shows that if you put on what might be regarded as niche broadcasts—in this case, a cricket match between the UK and Indian Parliaments—sometimes many, many people will watch.

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I remember that. On a slightly more serious note, I think there was a reason why 19 million people in India were watching that cricket match, and it was not due to the quality of the commentary, the bowling or the fielding. It was because there is very heavy regulation on the number of broadcast channels in India, so there was nothing else to watch. Putting ourselves in the eyes of the...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Does my hon. Friend not think that many people also carry digital radios with them wherever they go not least so that, on a Friday, they can listen to his wonderful speeches in Parliament?

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I would like to make a correction to an inadvertent error made as this morning’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport questions. We are proud that 20% of DCMS appointments to public bodies since the reshuffle in July have been people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. I said this morning that the figure was 24% and I wanted to correct...

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: I join everyone else in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Matt Warman) on securing this debate, and on bringing his serious background and experience from before he was in this place to bear on a very important subject. It is unsurprising that all of us here to discuss this think it is important; that is why we are here. The debate is particularly timely as...

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: That is an important point. The latest take-up figures are about to be published by Ofcom, but the message that needs to go out on take-up is this: in a BDUK area, the more people who take up the connection, the more money goes back into providing more connections for other people. It is incumbent on us as local representatives to get that message out. We should also get out the message made...

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: Of course. Topography means that it is harder to deliver in rural areas, so we are introducing a universal service obligation to ensure that everyone can get hold of broadband.

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: We have been through this before; 10 megabits is our approach for the minimum. The hon. Gentleman will have to wait and see what Ofcom has to say. I will address a partisan point that was brought into an otherwise pretty harmonious debate by the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas). The previous Labour Government did bring in a universal service obligation for connectivity that was set at...

Commercial Financial Dispute Resolution Platform: Broadband Universal Service Obligation (15 Dec 2016)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is completely right. We should be open-minded about technologies such as wi-fi. I have two and a half minutes left, so I am going to rattle through some more points. I congratulate BDUK and Chris Townsend, who has run it for a good period of time, for their incredible delivery. The hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) was not right to say that BDUK delivers only...


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