Questions to the SoS for DCMS – 3rd August 2020.

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Order, order!

The DCMS Secretary, LiberOfLondon, will now take questions from the house. Each member is limited to the questions they can ask as per below.

3) Members have a limit as to how many questions they can ask the Prime Minister.

i) The Leader of the Opposition may ask six questions, which they may divide up between new and follow-up questions as they wish.

ii) Leaders of other parties may ask three questions, which they may divide up between new and follow-up questions as they wish.

iii) MPs may ask two questions, plus two follow-up questions.

iv) Ordinary users may ask one question with one follow-up.

4) The Speaker will close the thread 48 hours after opening it, unless the Prime Minister requests them to keep it open a little longer.


5) The Prime Minister may additionally nominate other government ministers to take Ministerial Questions, subject to the agreement of the Speaker. This will be run like Prime Minister’s questions, but the Shadow Secretary will be treated like the Leader of the Opposition.

5ATB is the shadow.
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Which version of history does the SoS believe when it comes to the Falklands War, the Argentinian one where they say they were fighting both us and the US, or the version in the Encyclopedia Britannica where we fought alone?
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
Which version of history does the SoS believe when it comes to the Falklands War, the Argentinian one where they say they were fighting both us and the US, or the version in the Encyclopedia Britannica where we fought alone?
Given that the Rt Hon member is asking me this question as part of his feud with the Defence Secretary and because the Falklands War does not fall within my brief, I cannot answer that question in this MQ session.
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Given that the Rt Hon member is asking me this question as part of his feud with the Defence Secretary and because the Falklands War does not fall within my brief, I cannot answer that question in this MQ session.
Mr Speaker, nowhere is it specified that questions must be limited to the brief. Is the real reason he won't answer because he knows the Defence Secretary is wrong and the Encyclopedia Britannica is correct but doesn't want to admit his colleague has been misleading the house for weeks?
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(Original post by LiberOfLondon)
Given that the Rt Hon member is asking me this question as part of his feud with the Defence Secretary and because the Falklands War does not fall within my brief, I cannot answer that question in this MQ session.
I can only apologise for the disgraceful incompetence of Jammy Duel, his unrivaled ignorance of basic historical fact and his attempt to drag you down his odd little rabbit hole.
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Mr Speaker,

Does my right honourable friend agree with me that this Conservative government has been historically active, and much more responsive and productive than the socialist administration propped up by the Liberal Democrats that preceded us?

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What steps does the minister think are necessary in order to facilitate the reopening of sports venues following Covid-19? Does the minister believe that the government is wrong to consider the reopening of sports venues to spectators?
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Mr Speaker,

Does my right honourable friend agree with me that this Conservative government has been historically active, and much more responsive and productive than the socialist administration propped up by the Liberal Democrats that preceded us?

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Absolutely. Unlike certain parties in this House there are more than three active Government MP's.
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What steps does the minister think are necessary in order to facilitate the reopening of sports venues following Covid-19? Does the minister believe that the government is wrong to consider the reopening of sports venues to spectators?
I believe that sports venues should be allowed to open so long as a 1 metre distance can be maintained and, if HM Government still supports the use of masks to stop coronavirus transmission, masks potentially being made mandatory in venues.
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Does the Minister agree with me that the UK Gaming industry, as one of our fastest growing, should be celebrated for its success despite challenging economic circumstances in recent years?
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Does the Minister recognise that most of the leisure sector, and more specifically theatres, musems and galleries, have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 (indoor performances are currently not allowed, either, taking away almost all of the revenue from those venues) and what will the Minister do in order to ensure those vital parts of our culture are protected through this crisis?
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Given the minister has decided that he will answer questions that do not relate to his brief after all, does he think it is impressive for a government of 22 members to have 3 highly active and a further 4 sometimes active MPs?
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What solution does the minister think there should be for social distancing in cinemas and theatres where this means that business is no longer profitable?
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Can the minister categorically rule out closing cinemas, theatres, museums and live indoor performances if COVID-19 cases surge in a second wave?
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(Original post by LiberOfLondon)
Absolutely. Unlike certain parties in this House there are more than three active Government MP's.
I take it the Libertarian Party are living rent free in that head of yours?
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(Original post by 04MR17)
Does the Minister agree with me that the UK Gaming industry, as one of our fastest growing, should be celebrated for its success despite challenging economic circumstances in recent years?
I do.
(Original post by SnowMiku)
Does the Minister recognise that most of the leisure sector, and more specifically theatres, musems and galleries, have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 (indoor performances are currently not allowed, either, taking away almost all of the revenue from those venues) and what will the Minister do in order to ensure those vital parts of our culture are protected through this crisis?
They have been badly hit and, similarly to the reintroduction of live sports, I am considering reintroducing socially distanced performances to ensure that the cultural sector can earn money.
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What solution does the minister think there should be for social distancing in cinemas and theatres where this means that business is no longer profitable?
I am considering making means-tested grants available to arts venue owners.
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Can the minister categorically rule out closing cinemas, theatres, museums and live indoor performances if COVID-19 cases surge in a second wave?
I can't rule anything out at this point in time due to the fluid nature of the situation. However, I aim to keep them open for as long as possible.
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I take it the Libertarian Party are living rent free in that head of yours?
I wasn't talking about your party but go on.
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I can't rule anything out at this point in time due to the fluid nature of the situation. However, I aim to keep them open for as long as possible.
There are venues not opening because they believe they will be closed again soon. There are huge costs associated with reopening. E.g. buying in stock and hiring staff. It doesn't help that these places rely student staff who have now returned home. They have already wasted money before sudden closure. You cannot expect your sector to thrive by reopening when they are scared to invest in reopening. What are you doing to ensure these businesses scared of reopening can reopen and don't waste their money again? It would be a massive help if you could reassure them they will not be closed again. You are telling them their business doesn't matter.
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Is the minister at all worried by the fact that live sport audiences were tested at the Crucible, lasting just about a day before reverting to a behind closed doors format?
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What is Britain’s most important cultural export in the minister’s eyes?
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There are venues not opening because they believe they will be closed again soon. There are huge costs associated with reopening. E.g. buying in stock and hiring staff. It doesn't help that these places rely student staff who have now returned home. They have already wasted money before sudden closure. You cannot expect your sector to thrive by reopening when they are scared to invest in reopening. What are you doing to ensure these businesses scared of reopening can reopen and don't waste their money again? It would be a massive help if you could reassure them they will not be closed again. You are telling them their business doesn't matter.
As I've said, while I hope they remain open I can't promise anything because of the nature of the situation we're in.
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Is the minister at all worried by the fact that live sport audiences were tested at the Crucible, lasting just about a day before reverting to a behind closed doors format?
I'm not sure what you're asking me?
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What is Britain’s most important cultural export in the minister’s eyes?
Parliamentary democracy, the English language, football and free markets have to be up there.
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(Original post by LiberOfLondon)
I'm not sure what you're asking me?
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Is the minister at all worried by the fact that live sport audiences were tested at the Crucible, lasting just about a day before reverting to a behind closed doors format?
Not sure how. Are you concerned that, at the first time of asking, live sport audiences had to be abandoned almost straight away - given that you stated in an earlier answer that you believe that sports venues should be allowed to open?
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