Culture, media and sport

Mike Wood: The Midlands has economic, cultural and historical ties with countries in every part of the world, but few are stronger than those with India. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on developments for a Midlands engine partnership with business in India?

 

James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Mike Wood: Does my hon. Friend feel that, on the occasions when there is an opportunity to ask difficult questions of the Prime Minister, she is generally more discomfited by questions from the Leader of the Opposition or from himself?

 

Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

That is a very good intervention, but time does not allow me to respond to it. [Laughter.]

Mike Wood: rose—

 

Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

I am happy to be interrupted by my hon. Friend if he has something equally as insightful to say, which I am sure he does.

 

Mike Wood: As well as the world’s best beer, one of the things that brings people into our pubs is live music. What assessment has the Minister made of the importance of the music industry’s contribution to our economic and cultural health?

 

Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to ensure that public broadcasters reflect and provide for the whole of the UK.

 

Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: What discussions has the Minister had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about bids to address period poverty through the tampon tax fund?

 

Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Mike Wood: Is my hon. Friend as concerned as I am that The Times journalist who uncovered the Rotherham child abuse scandal said that it would have been inconceivable—that is the word he used—for the newspaper to have run that story on its front page had section 40 been in place? How would that have damaged the investigation?

 

Matt Warman Conservative, Boston and Skegness

Mike Wood: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the legal framework that we rightly expect to apply to our law enforcement offers and agencies does not necessarily apply directly to our intelligence and security services? That, however, would be the effect of the amendment.

 

Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

Darren Jones Labour, Bristol North West

Thank you, Mr Hanson. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship on my first Bill Committee.

Mike Wood: Will my right hon. Friend support any of the home nations who choose to display a poppy next week to remember all those from every part of the world who sacrificed so much? Will she also pass on to FIFA the anger that there is in this House and among our constituents?

 

Karen Bradley The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

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