Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Johnson

London Attacks (23 Mar 2017)

Alan Johnson: The Prime Minister is dealing with this outrage in a calm and assured way. Does she agree that an effective counter-terrorism strategy designed to prepare, protect and pursue would be inadequate without the strand of prevent? In that vein, will she assure the House that across all 43 constabularies there will be neighbourhood policing teams visible to, and contactable by, the public, which is...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: Will the Minister give way?

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: He already is, so just in case I lose my two minutes, I have a question for the Minister. He has a letter from the chief executive of Hull City Council, Matt Jukes. I have mentioned the disgraceful behaviour of the Secretary of State not committing himself to a meeting that he himself had suggested. Will the Minister commit to having that meeting, at which we can look at the latest round of...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. We need to fund social care from a separate source, not just normal taxation. Two ideas came up. The idea of taking money out of people’s inheritances was labelled the death tax. I made the point that I should be paying national insurance. I am 66 years of age and I am still working. Why did I stop paying national insurance at 65? As Dilnot said,...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: It is a great pleasure to conduct this debate under your excellent chairmanship, Mr Bailey, particularly as I hear you are going to Hull on Monday with the Industry and Parliament Trust, which is a great organisation. It shows that you are a man of discernment and great taste, and you will have a good time in the city of culture—and I would not dare to ingratiate myself with you at the...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that, and I will talk about the widening inequalities in a second. She was also right to refer to dementia sufferers. Too often in this debate—I am perhaps guilty of this, as well—we deal with dry statistics, percentages and precepts, when at the end of it there are people who are very vulnerable and need care, above all dementia sufferers. We have...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct about that. I said at the beginning of my remarks that this is a wide debate, but I have chosen to focus on one strand: funding through council tax. I have met not only elderly people caring for similarly elderly people, and not only women trying to care for elderly parents at the same time sometimes as bringing up a child, but, most poignantly,...

Council Funding and Social Care — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

Alan Johnson: There can be no dispute about that from anywhere. All the evidence says that that is the case. “Bed-blocking” is a terrible term, but it was around when I first came into this place 20 years ago. We thought we had resolved the situation, but it is becoming more and more acute. Keeping people in hospital is a problem because it is not good for the individual, never mind about the effects...

Reducing Health Inequality (24 Nov 2016)

Alan Johnson: I rise to express my enthusiastic support for the work of the Health Committee under the superb leadership of the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston). I also pay tribute to the Prime Minister for her description of health inequalities as a “burning injustice” and for placing the issue at the top of her agenda, which was virtually the first thing she did as Prime Minister of this...

Reducing Health Inequality (24 Nov 2016)

Alan Johnson: I had actually finished my speech, but I will answer the hon. Gentleman’s intervention as my conclusion. I have talked to Yorkshire Water, and my understanding is that putting the focus on local authorities changes the whole dynamic of how the various conspiracy theorists can attack on this issue.

Report of the Iraq Inquiry (6 Jul 2016)

Alan Johnson: The epitaph on Robin Cook’s headstone in the Grange cemetery in Edinburgh reads as follows: “I may not have succeeded in halting the war, but I did secure the right of Parliament to decide on war.” The Prime Minister is right in saying that, in these circumstances, Parliament cannot be involved in the decision and then simply try to duck responsibility for the ramifications of that...

(30 Jun 2016)

Alan Johnson: Will the Minister give way?

(30 Jun 2016)

Alan Johnson: I am grateful to the Minister for his fascinating history of privatisation. Can he explain why, when the rabid privatisers in the Conservative party were privatising all those things, they did not go anywhere near the Land Registry?

(30 Jun 2016)

Alan Johnson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) on securing this debate. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson), who has demonstrated its cross-party nature. I shall not keep the House for long as my right hon. Friend has done such a good job and covered practically every point. The Land Registry office in Hull represents our...

(30 Jun 2016)

Alan Johnson: I do indeed. The quinquennial review, like all quinquennial reviews, had to be carried out by a neutral Minister from a different Department and the procedure was quite rigorous. That conclusion has been said in different words in practically every other examination. Since the quinquennial review, the Land Registry has been subjected to an accelerated transformation programme, a feasibility...

(30 Jun 2016)

Alan Johnson: I agree with the hon. Lady, whose name is also attached to this motion. Indeed, the question of transparency, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham said, has become vital since the publication of the Panama papers and adds another reason why the proposal should be dropped. As for the privatisation proposal, the important question hovering over the Chamber is “Why?” This jewel...

European Council (22 Feb 2016)

Alan Johnson: I am tempted the ask whether the Prime Minister thinks blonds have more fun, but I will actually ask whether he remembers the analysis his Government did in 2014 of the European arrest warrant. It concluded that the European arrest warrant acts as a deterrent to offenders coming to this country. Will he point that out to his Work and Pensions Secretary, and will he ask the Home Secretary to...

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...


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