Results 161–180 of 225 for speaker:Johnny Mercer

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Of course. I cannot highlight enough what those volunteers have done, with no financial or selfish reward, but from a sense of duty to the country and to our servicemen and women. We must look after that. If we do not cultivate and protect it, I fear that over the years it will die out.

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention. I will address precisely that point in about two or three minutes’ time.

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I could not agree more that local and national Government should be involved in delivering that. We need to be careful about the involvement of local elected officials in veterans care. There is nothing political about veterans. It is a national issue and one that I wrestle with in Plymouth. We need to make sure that we stay in the lane of delivering a service for veterans, and the local...

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Absolutely. This is the nub of the challenge when it comes to military charities and funds: how do we go about getting everyone to pull in the same direction? Some service providers need to consider whether they are exclusively configured around the user for whom they were originally set up to serve. Only a robust, dedicated and strong leadership team is capable of having that conversation,...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Income Tax: Devon (4 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid the (a) top rate, (b) higher rate and (c) basic rate of income tax in (i) Plymouth Moor View, (ii) Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and (iii) South West Devon constituency in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Health Grants (9 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: What steps his Department has taken to ensure that public health grants are spent only on public health responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Health Grants (9 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: In 2014-15, my city of Plymouth received £47 per head. Portsmouth, which is statistically healthier, received £77 and Kensington and Chelsea got £136. I absolutely understand that this is a legacy issue with the funding formula, and the Government are committed to dealing with it, but I cannot stress enough how important it is that we speed this up. How does the Department plan to achieve...

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Like you.

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I am very much enjoying my hon. Friend’s stories of rocking the sleeper to sleep, or whatever it is. Does he agree that in order to upskill our part of the world and change the character of the south-west economy, it is fundamental that we attract bigger manufacturing companies to give our young people the skilled opportunities and skilled manufacturing jobs that will keep them in the...

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: You will be delighted, Madam Deputy Speaker, to know that my speech will be very brief indeed. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) for securing this debate. I shall not repeat what has already been said. I am going to disappoint my father again—I am no railway engineer. He dragged me round, trying to introduce me to the lost art of trainspotting when I was a young...

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. At its heart, this is about developing opportunities and bringing skilled employment to places outside London—to communities that have been deprived for so long. Plymothians have adapted to the challenge of modern Britain in a way that only they can—with a positivity and a spirit that make some of us proud to call Plymouth our home. However, we as a...

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Will the right hon. Gentleman concede that Network Rail committed to paying for the studies? The Government have not given money to a project and then taken it away. The money has fallen through as a result of what Network Rail has done. We have asked the Government to step up and deliver in its place.

Great Western Railway Routes (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I think my hon. Friend was there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: In my city of Plymouth, local campaigns seem to regularly mislead my constituents on the spare room subsidy, something that many people see as a fair way of bringing about parity between the social and private rental sectors. I commend the Government, therefore, for making funds available for specific cases where the spare room subsidy is not appropriate. However, will the Minister confirm...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pollinators (4 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Pollinator Strategy since its introduction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: When I first came to this House, I spoke of the great stain upon this nation when it comes to our care of our armed forces veterans and the need to do our duty towards those who have done our bidding. Here is a sentence from an email I received at the weekend: “I have not had any letter or any warning. I was told after al-Sweady that was it and not to think about it anymore, but now I dread...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: South West (3 Feb 2016)

Johnny Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the GRIP 2 studies required for the Peninsula Rail Task Force's survey will be available in order for the survey to be completed in June 2016.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cross Country Railway Line (28 Jan 2016)

Johnny Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure value for money for passengers travelling on the Cross Country rail franchise.

Iraq Historic Allegations Team (27 Jan 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I do not want to repeat much of what has been said already, but as everyone knows the situation has got completely out of hand. It is beyond parody, because what we find ourselves in is not the product of any of the individuals now charged with sorting this out. Throughout the rest of the world, there is not another country whose legislators or political representatives are putting its...


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