Results 6061–6080 of 6338 for speaker:Boris Johnson

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. This is my first opportunity publicly to congratulate him on becoming leader of the Democratic Unionist party. I look forward to working with him and with the whole of the Executive in Northern Ireland for the people in Northern Ireland. As we have made clear and as we will be setting out today, we want to sort out the issues in the protocol. We...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend raises a very important point. Many of the hospitals that I have been round recently are doing incredible work at getting back to pre-covid levels of service. I understand that NHS partners are working hard to explore options for restoring maternity services at County Hospital.

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: What we want to do is level up across the whole of the UK by increasing access to high-wage, high-skilled jobs and by getting people off benefits and into work. That really is the big difference between the right hon. Member’s party and the party that I lead. We want to help people into work, but I am afraid that, as so often, Labour wants to keep them on welfare. I do not think that is the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: That is spot on—my hon. Friend is completely right. The question for those who attack the current policy is: if not now, when? We looked at the data this morning with the chief medical officer, and he pointed out the extraordinary difference between the number of people in the older generations being hospitalised now and in previous waves. Thanks to the vaccine roll-out, we have radically...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I thank the hon. Lady very much and I thank the fire service for its outstanding response to the fire at Asmall Primary School. I am sorry for the disruption that children are experiencing. We cannot be complacent about fires at all, let alone fires in schools, and the Department for Education is consulting on guidance to improve fire safety in schools further. I encourage her to make...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Lady makes an extremely important point. That is why my right hon. Friend the Housing Secretary will make a statement to the House shortly. We must be clear that the risk from fire to life in homes is very, very low and leaseholders should not be trapped in their properties, unable to buy or sell, because their properties have been unfairly maligned in that way. Lenders and valuers...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: Yes, Mr Speaker, I think this is a pretty safe bet for everybody. We all remember and love the songs of Dame Vera Lynn. She brought the whole country together at a pretty dark time and is a great, great inspiration for many, many people. I thank my hon. Friend for the campaign that she is leading for a fitting memorial and I am very happy to support it.

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I thank the hon. Lady very much; I hope the House will forgive me if I say that I did not catch every word of what she said, but I believe that she was referring to the tragic deaths of those who were claiming benefits. I am certainly determined to make sure that she gets a full account of what we are doing to put this right and that she meets the relevant Minister as soon as that can be arranged.

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I am only too happy to meet my hon. Friend at any time. I can assure her that we want to find the workforce to pick the flowers—the beautiful Cornish daffodils—that should not be “born to blush unseen”, if I remember the quote right. They should be properly picked. In addition to developing the local labour force, and making sure that we line up younger people and people across...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I do not think that I have heard such total cobblers in all my life, except possibly from the Leader of the Opposition. That is not what the Bill does. On the contrary, it gives local people the power to protect. If I understood the hon. Lady correctly, it was a pub called the Britannia that she wanted to protect. We are bringing forward measures to allow local people to protect such places...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is a massively effective advocate for the people of North Devon. She has made these points to me before, and I know that she is right. As she knows, we have put higher rates of stamp duty on the buying of additional property, such as second homes, but we also have to make sure that young people growing up around our country—contrary to the instincts of the previous Labour...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Gentleman is quite wrong, because everybody who is self-isolating is entitled, in addition to the equivalent of the living wage at statutory sick pay, to help, in extreme circumstances, from their local councils and to a £500 payment to help them with self-isolation. It remains absolutely vital that everybody does it.

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I am always delighted to meet my hon. Friend. I listened to him and learned from him about bovine TB and badgers. We think that the badger cull has led to a reduction in the disease, but no one wants to continue, and I am sure that he does not, with the cull of a protected species—beautiful mammals— indefinitely, so it is a good thing that we are accelerating other elements of our...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to focus on the needs of children in the pandemic and the paramount importance of keeping them in school. We will do everything we can to ensure that we are able to get schools back in September—I have every confidence that we will be able to—but that will be greatly assisted, as I never tire of repeating this afternoon, if everybody goes and gets their...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I thank my hon. Friend, and I would just remind him that 95% of missing person incidents are resolved without anyone coming to harm, or without the missing individual coming to harm. I thank him for the work that he does on this issue, because it matters a great deal to the remaining 5%, which is an unacceptably high level of suffering. I am certainly determined that we should continue to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I thank the hon. Lady very much for her suggestion that the Government should become a Disability Confident employer. I am sure that we already are, but I will investigate the matter and make sure that she gets an answer by letter.

Written Ministerial Statements — Prime Minister: Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s GCHQ Procurement Report (22 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: On 19 November 2020, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) published their report entitled ‘GCHQ Accommodation Procurement: A Case Study’. The procurement of Nova South as the headquarters of the NCSC was a unique challenge, undertaken within a demanding timeframe and as a result, the Government acknowledge there are lessons that can be learned from the procurement...

Written Ministerial Statements — Prime Minister: Machinery of Government (22 Jul 2021)

Boris Johnson: I am making this statement to bring to the House’s attention the following Machinery of Government change. With effect from 1 August 2021, the Vaccine Taskforce will become a joint-unit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department of Health and Social Care. To support this, responsibility for the Taskforce’s work on vaccine and antibody procurement and...

Afghanistan (18 Aug 2021)

Boris Johnson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the situation in Afghanistan. May I begin by thanking you, Mr Speaker, and all the parliamentary staff for enabling us to meet this morning? Before I turn to today’s debate, I am sure the House will want to join you, Mr Speaker, and me in sending our condolences to the family and friends of those killed in the appalling shooting in Plymouth last...

Afghanistan (18 Aug 2021)

Boris Johnson: I thank my hon. Friend. I can assure him that, as I will be saying in just a few moments, we will be doing everything we can to support those who have helped the UK mission in Afghanistan and investing everything that we can to support the wider area around Afghanistan, and to do everything that we can to avert a humanitarian crisis. It is almost 20 years since the United States suffered the...


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