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UK-EU Renegotiation (3 Feb 2016)

Alan Johnson: Will the Prime Minister join me in welcoming the launch today of Environmentalists for Europe, which is co-chaired by Stanley Johnson, the father of the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson)? Will he also welcome the splendid article last week setting out the importance for science and technology of remaining in the European Union, which was penned by his Minister for...

UK-EU Renegotiation (3 Feb 2016)

Alan Johnson: Will the Prime Minister join me in welcoming the launch today of Environmentalists for Europe, which is co-chaired by Stanley Johnson, the father of the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson)? Will he also welcome the splendid article last week setting out the importance for science and technology of remaining in the European Union, which was penned by his Minister for...

State Pension Age (Women): Children in Care (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: I am puzzled by the hon. Gentleman’s contribution. Nobody supporting this motion or sponsoring it does not believe that children who are in danger should be removed from that danger quickly. His whole contribution and opposition to this motion is based on a total misconception. What we are saying is there are many children who go into care—and their voice is important, by the way—who...

State Pension Age (Women): Children in Care (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: I am delighted to join the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) in sponsoring this debate. To declare my interest, I am the patron of the Family Rights Group, the charity that works with parents in England and Wales whose children are in need, at risk or in the care system. May I follow the hon. Lady in this preamble to my speech and say to those on the Treasury Bench that the Family Rights...

State Pension Age (Women): Children in Care (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: I do not concur with that at all. All these problems are profound and multidimensional —of course they are—but I could sum up the problem in my time, although more recent children’s Ministers may sum it up differently: children are pushed into care too easily, moved around too much and kicked out too soon. That is the issue that we were trying to face in the “Care Matters” White...

State Pension Age (Women): Children in Care (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: I will come on to research that might help the hon. Gentleman because I believe that it is indeed the case, not in every instance of course, that a higher proportion of children who are left to be raised with families—and friends, incidentally—will not end up in the situation that I described. The Government introduced the welcome change for children in foster care to be able to stay...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: rose—

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: Indeed, I was the Work and Pensions Secretary, but we introduced measures that did not include this anomaly—it was introduced in 2011.

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Alan Johnson: This is a crucial debate not least for my constituents Jackie Williams and Debbie Watkins who are active in the WASPI campaign. My right hon. Friend might be pleased to know that the Minister responsible for this issue says the reason she cannot carry out the terms of this motion is that it would be impossible. He and the House might care to know that, as Ros Altmann, she was a very effective...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Carers (3 Dec 2015)

Alan Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding her Department plans to allocate for specialist services for kinship carers in the period to March 2019.

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Alan Johnson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron). During my time in Parliament, it has become a convention that this House authorises military action, whereas previously it was for a Prime Minister to do so under the guise of royal prerogative. Sometimes they would involve the House of Commons; most often they did not. This new convention places a...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Alan Johnson: Germany is constrained by its history. The point I am making is that we in this Parliament, having authorised military action by the RAF in Iraq, can no longer justify not responding to recent events by extending our operations to Syria. If we ignore the part of resolution 2249 that I have just read out, we will be left supporting only the pieties contained in the other paragraphs; we will...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend, as always, makes an important point. I have just re-read the Hansard report of our debate in September 2014, and this point was not raised by anyone. The question of what comes next, which is a very important consideration—concerns have been expressed on both sides of the House—must not stop us responding to what happened in Paris and to the UN resolution’s request for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: Perhaps my hon. Friend will reflect on this. I tabled a question for the Secretary of State for Health, asking if he could tell me how many child and adolescent mental health in-patient facilities had closed. He referred me to NHS England. He does not know that, but he will know every fine detail of facility time throughout the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: I draw to the House’s attention my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and my membership of the Communication Workers Union. In no other country in Europe would a mainstream, right-of-centre party bring forward such a Bill. It is an attack upon the trade union movement that may as well be called the dark satanic mills Bill, because even dark satanic mill owners may have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: I suggest that we set a room aside with some crayons and colouring boards and perhaps a “Teletubbies” DVD for those who want to engage in that level of immaturity. We are seeing the lowest level of industrial action practically since records began. The wonder of the past five years is that there has not been more industrial action given the problems that workers have had to go through.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In fact, the RPC has said that the Bill is not fit for purpose. I will come to that in a second.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: Of course industrial action has an impact, which is why, as I said, no trade unionist, trade union leader or trade union shop steward would ever contemplate industrial action unless it was as a last resort. When there was a protest in Parliament Square, as there frequently are, I was inconvenienced. The Hull fun run on Sunday was an enormous inconvenience. We do not attack democracy and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: No, I have given way to the hon. Gentleman once already, and he did not pass the “Teletubbies” test.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend, a good gas fitter in his time, makes a good point. The hon. Member for Elmet and Rothwell (Alec Shelbrooke) is an exception, but many Government Members do not have sufficient experience of dealing with employers and trade unions and of needing a trade union to defend them. We know that the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice was once on a National Union of...


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