I asked the Minister what action the UK Government would take to ensure that those who spew bile online behind anonymous accounts can be held to account for their words.
The NSPCC tells us that 1 in 8 children have been bullied online and these extends to adulthood. We should be promoting a safe online environment for everyone. People can set up Twitter accounts within minutes without any need to verify who they are.
I agree with the Minister that safeguards need to be put in place that protect those who are whistleblowing, but we should not allow social media to become infected with the disease of bullying, harassment and libel.
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport delivered a statement to the Commons on the future of 5G in the UK. I noted to the minister that last Friday the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) released a statement on the benefits of diversification of 5G providers. What we mean by this is making sure the UK doesn’t keep all its eggs in one basket. It is really important that we use a mix of companies to provide our IT infrastructure so that any security threats we face are minimised.
I’m pleased that the minister shared my thinking on this and I hope to see this reflected in policies as they are rolled out. The 5G providers as they stand are Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia. The security aspect of the roll-out of 5G is of the utmost importance and needs to be fully considered.
Having raised my deep concerns with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, I am left angered by the government’s wanting response. The UK Government stand by their U-turn on the 2017 manifesto promise to provide free TV licenses to over-75s.
Free TV licenses to the over-75s was introduced by the Labour Government in 1999 to address pensioner poverty, which up until this point had been on the rise. The policy was successful and saw poverty for this age group decrease significantly. This Government reversal will see 3,810 households lose their free TV licence in Delyn alone, at a cost of £573,405 to these households each year. Read more “TV licence for over-75s: Ministerial response”
I have asked the Minister of State for DCMS how the Government will help not hinder our thriving tourist industry in North Wales. It is important that North Wales isn’t left behind the tourism boom we are experiencing, especially after we were named as one of the top ten places to visit in 2017 by The Lonely Planet Guide.
We need to benefit from the tourist pound and that means making sure that when we leave the EU we don’t lock out valuable tourists. That is why I asked what actions the Government are planning to take to protect the tourist visa.
Yet again I received a non-answer from the Minister; kind in praising what we have on offer for tourists in North Wales, but not address the substantive issue of my question.
The more tourists we can attract to North Wales the stronger our local economy becomes. This will bring with it more decent jobs for our community.