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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Robertson

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 Mar 2015)

John Robertson: The best way to get the tax contribution is to give people real jobs with real pay; then we will get the money in.

Bill Presented: Clause 6 — Charge for financial year 2016 (25 Mar 2015)

John Robertson: Does the hon. Gentleman think it right for a Government to take money from a city where a lot is paid in rates—with people from outside the area coming into it—and then spread it around the rest of the country?

Energy and Climate Change: Low-carbon Energy Sources (19 Mar 2015)

John Robertson: It might be better if the right hon. Gentleman switched party, rather than energy supplier. Is not part of the problem with cost down to the fact that we have companies that generate electricity selling it to themselves, which allows them to hike the prices paid by consumers? People need those prices to come down in order to heat their homes. Why not just split those roles completely to...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2015)

John Robertson: The Secretary of State will be well aware that he promised me at the last Question Time that he would come back to me on the report on vulnerable customers that I produced with the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. Is this going to be another one of the Government’s unfulfilled promises, or will he come forward as soon as possible with a reply to this important report on how to...

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Efficiency (5 Feb 2015)

John Robertson: What steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Efficiency (5 Feb 2015)

John Robertson: Energy efficiency has done absolutely nothing for people who are in fuel poverty. Estonia is the only country in Europe with a higher proportion of its population in fuel poverty than Britain. I invite the Secretary of State—and I mean this helpfully—to come to my constituency, so that I can show him exactly what I am talking about. He obviously does not believe anything that he hears...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (3 Feb 2015)

John Robertson: Lord Lexden, the official historian of the Conservative party, has attacked the Lord Chancellor, saying: “Britain must have a Lord Chancellor who puts his duty to the law above party politics.” Why did he say that?

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill: Constitutional Law (2 Feb 2015)

John Robertson: The right hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. A few weeks ago I asked the Prime Minister the same question about votes for 16 and 17-year-olds, and he said that although he was inclined to keep the voting age at 18, he was looking forward to a vote. Perhaps the Secretary of State should have a word with him so that we can have that vote.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Houses of Parliament: Shared Services (22 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: What estimate he has made of savings that could be achieved through sharing more services with the House of Lords.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Houses of Parliament: Shared Services (22 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: I thank the right hon. Gentleman, and he will know that there is wide support for that in the Governance Committee. Members would like to see such work go forward as quickly as possible. The trouble with this place and the other place is that things can be dragged out for some time, so will he ensure that we can move down the road a lot quicker than usual?

Mobile Phone Coverage (East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire) (21 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: I say to the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole that there are about 10 minutes left.

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: You have just done it.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: I was in Belfast yesterday, right beside where Harland and Wolff used to be. There are some oil rigs sitting there that are now being fitted out because the contracts are signed, but what will happen to the companies that have invested in that kind of industry if we do not start getting work back in the North sea?

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: Has the hon. Gentleman taken into consideration the fact that the Saudi Arabians and the Russians have enormous resources in this field, which we are trying to maintain? If they wish to keep undercutting us, the policy he outlines will become useless.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Sir Robert Smith). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen North (Mr Doran) on securing this debate. It is perhaps a sign of the times that we have decent turnouts in debates only when a disaster or something bad has happened. I congratulate my hon. Friend on the work he is doing in his...

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: The hon. Lady is absolutely right, but a small company in my constituency that makes goods that are used up in Aberdeen also uses local shops and local people. If the jobs of 450,000 people in the United Kingdom are in danger, we can multiply that by goodness knows how many, but it would probably be millions of people who could be affected. We know from previous times in the North sea that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Creative Industries (15 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: The BBC has an excellent building in Glasgow, as does STV, and a lot of money has been put in by these large companies. One thing that has been missed is localism within the creative industries, and although a certain amount of action is supposed to take place outside the M25 corridor, we are not seeing that north of the border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: Superfast broadband seems to be a popular topic today. Does the Minister agree with the BT group strategy, policy and portfolio director that getting superfast broadband to 95% of the country might take until 2018? This was stated in an answer from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 December. The gap between superfast broadband availability—73%—and take-up is...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Energy Prices (14 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: It is a pleasure to follow my Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee. I do not necessarily agree with everything he said, but I agree with quite a lot of it. The Secretary of State should know that a yo-yo goes up and down. It usually goes up the same as it goes down. Perhaps he should have a look at how gravity affects it. Prices, however, just seem to go up. We are still...

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms (12 Jan 2015)

John Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is not a free market; it is what I call a con market. I believe in a fair market. I believe that people should be treated fairly and given a chance to buy something at the advertised price. If 100,000 people want to go to a concert and they get to the tickets before I do, that is fine, as long as there are really 100,000 people. I do not expect the...


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