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Unduly Lenient Sentences (6 Dec 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Is he aware that more than 40% of sentences referred to the Attorney General are refused simply because they fall outside the scheme, and that has included at least one case of rape from the youth courts? Does he agree that that explains the clamour from the public to widen the scope of the scheme?

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I just wonder how the hon. Gentleman knows so much about the BBC coverage of late when he does not watch the BBC.

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: The point that the hon. Lady makes is exactly the issue. Looking at the current licence fee system, we realise that there are obvious flaws. However, when we go on to consider all the alternatives, we realise that what we have now is probably best described as the least worst option.

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I will briefly reiterate what I said at the end of my opening speech. No one pretends that e-cigarettes and vaping are without risk, but they may be the best hope we have ever had for helping people to quit smoking, which is what this debate is all about. Vaping could save millions of lives worldwide. It should therefore be looked at very seriously, with an open mind and an evidence-based...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I mentioned previously to the Minister that he may wish to meet the vaping industry. I am glad that he has the Brexit date in his diary, but I wonder whether he will be kind enough to indicate whether he is willing to put in his diary a meeting with the vaping industry.

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I did not mention the available heat-not-burn products simply because I could not find any independent information on whether they were beneficial for health or still dangerous. I would be grateful if the hon. Lady enlarged on any information that she has found out about those products, because I found it difficult to find anything.

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that nicotine is an addictive substance. There is no doubt that if someone stops smoking and moves on to vaping, their addiction continues. One of the benefits of vaping is that the substances can have a reduced amount of nicotine or no nicotine at all, which some vapers have found useful when they want to overcome their addiction to nicotine.

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of vaping. I was pleased to secure this debate, because I have been interested in the phenomenon of vaping for some time. There are now millions of people vaping in the UK and many of them are former smokers. This is an important issue because if many of the reports and studies carried out on vaping are correct, it has the potential to...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: It is good to see some enthusiasm for this subject. The hon. Lady is absolutely correct: it tends to be more vulnerable people, if I can put it that way, who are affected by smoking, but smoking affects the whole of society. Almost everybody knows somebody who has died from smoking or has been seriously affected by the consequences. As she rightly says, we have potentially found what is...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: Importantly, over the last 20 or 30 years we have moved away from the James Dean image of smoking. For many people, it is no longer seen as being cool, although it was when I was growing up; it was somehow seen as being acceptable. An increasing number of people look to vaping rather than smelly tobacco, if I can put it that way. It is increasingly recognised that there is huge problem with...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I am not aware of that report, but I think there is an inherent problem with pregnant women today having to wait three years to make that decision. My gut feeling is that the best approach would of course be for pregnant women not to smoke anything at all—not to smoke any tobacco products, and not to vape. I am not qualified to say whether it is beneficial for pregnant women to vape...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gareth Johnson: The hon. Gentleman’s point does seem to be correct. Ultimately, if people want to smoke, are aware of the risks and are happy to take them, that is entirely their right as adults. I do not seek to dictate how people should lead their life. However, in my experience, most smokers do want to stop but find it very difficult to do so. That is why we should embrace the potential of vaping as...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I, too, support the Bill. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) and the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), who rightly made the point that an assault on an emergency worker is not just a simple case of disrespect, but undermines the very fabric of our society. That places such assaults in a category all their own. The hon. Gentleman also said that lawyers...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I certainly hope that that is the case. What is positive about this is the fact that there is a cross-party consensus, and the Government are supporting the Bill. I think that an awful lot of work needs to be done by Government lawyers, and I hope that some of the lawyers in the Ministry of Justice will work closely with the hon. Gentleman to ensure that we have a workable Bill at the end of...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I am very reassured by that. It is excellent news. It is also important, given that courts generally treat assaults on front-line workers as aggravated offences, for the Bill not to say to the courts, “This is Parliament telling you when you should and should not find an aggravated offence”. The danger is that someone who slipped out of the remit of the Bill could end up with a...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: I certainly hope the hon. Gentleman gets a Second Reading for his Bill, which should go through unopposed. I support the Bill, but there is so much that needs to be done on it. The example he has just given would not even be covered by it, so a lot of work needs to be done in Committee before it comes back to this Chamber.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), and before him my hon. Friend the Member for North Dorset (Simon Hoare), who looks like he is about to leave the Chamber. It is always a pleasure to follow the latter, but although he has many qualities, brevity is perhaps not one of them. The Bill is important, and I very much hope that its Second Reading...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: The Government have been absolutely clear that they must prepare for all eventualities, and that is precisely what is currently happening. I congratulate the Minister on putting resources into the country’s nuclear industry. It is essential to ensure that British nuclear fusion research continues when we leave Euratom. We have invested a huge amount of time, resources and effort in...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Gareth Johnson: Is the hon. Lady aware that the European Commission itself has said that no country that leaves the EU can continue being a member of Euratom? Is the Commission wrong?


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