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Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: NHS Risk Register (22 Feb 2012)

Alan Johnson: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I believe I heard the Secretary of State say that he did not really want to talk about the risk register, and neither do I, but I think it is important to the Government’s basic problem and the threat to the national health service. Three important and interlinked reforms can be summed up in five words: “better outcomes for lower costs”. Does the private...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: NHS Risk Register (22 Feb 2012)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend makes an important point. As Health Secretary, I cancelled ITC contracts where there was sufficient NHS capacity, and I approved them where there was not. I recall a visit to the Derwent centre in Bournemouth, where the NHS had taken over a hospital from BUPA and was doing knee and hip replacements more quickly than the private sector. That transformed elective surgery, but...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: NHS Risk Register (22 Feb 2012)

Alan Johnson: I shall not be taking an intervention from the hon. Gentleman. When it comes to integrating social care with health, people want an adult social care system that resembles the NHS, not an NHS that resembles the current adult social care system. The very real fears about the Bill, particularly in respect of commissioning, were highlighted recently by the Health Committee. If the necessary...

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: Does the hon. Gentleman recall that the specific criterion on which BAE let staff go in the last round of redundancies to which we agreed was that it would retain those with the capability to build Hawk? That was as recently as this summer. Would it not be strange for BAE not to be aware at that time of the decision it announced in September?

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: We are pleased to get an enterprise zone, but we need to look at other work that these skilled workers can do; many companies would be pleased to get them. Our point is that this requires a new way of thinking. There is no reason why we cannot bring packages of civil aviation work to Brough, where there is a fabulous site and a really good work force. The alternative is that these workers...

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis). As he said, for the past 14 years we have worked together to try to protect the interests of BAE workers at Brough. We have been joined in that by other Members who represent constituencies in Hull and the east riding, many of whom are here today, but he and I have been working together on it the longest....

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: That is absolutely right. That is why we wanted a debate in the House with a motion setting that out, because that is precisely the message we need to put out. As I will say later, that is precisely what other serious manufacturing companies are doing. Four countries are affected by the decision to slow delivery of the Typhoon, but only BAE in the UK has reacted by throwing highly skilled...

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is precisely the point. We can compare those two British companies. Around 96% of GlaxoSmithKline’s sales are abroad, but it is making a decision as a British company to invest in Britain and open manufacturing plants at a difficult time, and it is of course helped by the patent box that was agreed by the Labour and Conservative parties. It is an...

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: BAE Systems (24 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: That is true, and I will turn to civil aerospace in a moment, but all the experts in the area, including the unions handling the situation, expect that from 2016 there will be an increase, particularly in Hawk orders. We are looking at the home of Hawk in Brough, and it is going through a difficult time, but most expect that, if we can get to 2016 and through the next difficult period in this...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: It was Herbert Morrison who said that the walls of the Home Office were paved with dynamite. It is true, but the Home Secretary is busily placing those sticks of dynamite herself. One is marked “Cuts in police numbers”. One is marked “Restricting the ability of the police to use DNA to catch murderers and rapists”. Another is marked "Enforced introduction of police commissioners that...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: I will give way in a minute. The only surprise is that the one marked “Immigration” has exploded quite so quickly in No. 2 Marsham street. Like many others, I predict that the Government’s pledge to reduce immigration to the levels of the 1980s will not be met, because we live in a very different world from the 1980s. In government, I admitted that we were slow to come to terms—as...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: I do confirm that. The Home Secretary talked about Sangatte on Monday, and it was my right hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Mr Blunkett) who, in an incredible piece of political acumen, did a deal with Sarkozy effectively to move our border from Dover to northern France. That made a huge contribution as well. I find it incredible that the Home Secretary...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: If it is, it will go right back to when Willie Whitelaw was the Home Secretary—[Interruption.] “Ah!” they say. I can tell hon. Members why they say “Ah!”. It is because they do not know—[Interruption.]

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: Government Members are in happy ignorance of the fact that all this built up over many years under successive Conservative Home Secretaries, and it was the Labour Government who got on top of the issue in the end.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: The hon. Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke) was not making much impression on me, anyway, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Home Secretary claimed on Monday that those on the watch list will have been picked up because of e-borders, but she knows as well as I do that not every country is meticulous at operating e-borders. It is patchy around the European Union.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Border Checks Summer 2011 (9 Nov 2011)

Alan Johnson: I have given way twice; everyone knows that we give way twice in these debates. Again, what the Home Secretary was saying was at variance with what she was doing. In June, the Home Secretary was pledging to stop tens of thousands of migrants seeking to enter Britain through Europe as part of the exodus resulting from the Arab spring. She was saying that just as she was about to reduce checks...

Bae Systems (Lancashire) (27 Oct 2011)

Alan Johnson: Will the Minister give way?

Bae Systems (Lancashire) (27 Oct 2011)

Alan Johnson: I appreciate that. The Minister will be aware that some of the work going to Samlesbury and Warton is going from the East Riding. Is he also aware that the view of workers at Warton and Samlesbury is that they do not have the capability or capacity to deal with the Hawk? There is suspicion that the Hawk will eventually be built abroad. He will know that I, the right hon. Member for...

Protection of Freedoms Bill (Ways and Means): Clause 3 — Persons arrested for or charged with a qualifying offence (10 Oct 2011)

Alan Johnson: I have been a Member of the House for 14 years, and I have not heard such a feeble reply from a Minister, not because he is any way inadequate—he is a very good Minister—but because the paucity of the argument is unbelievable. We heard an argument from the Opposition that there was no research behind the three-year Scottish model—that argument was not refuted. The Opposition made the...

Protection of Freedoms Bill (Ways and Means): Clause 3 — Persons arrested for or charged with a qualifying offence (10 Oct 2011)

Alan Johnson: The total number of detected crimes in which a DNA match was available fell by 11% between 2003-04 and 2008-09—that is what the Minister basically just told us—but over the same five-year period, police recorded crime fell by 17.1%. So there was an 11% reduction in DNA detections and a 17.1% reduction in recorded crime. Those are the figures that the Minister of State, Department for Work...


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