Results 161–180 of 231 for speaker:Johnny Mercer

Libya (19 Apr 2016)

Johnny Mercer: About targeting Daesh.

Backbench Business: Unaccompanied Children — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (19 Apr 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate, which is important to a great number of us. Does he agree that, in this almost impossibly hard policy area, we must be driven by our heart and our head? We must focus on what works in the longer term for these children. We must be driven by evidence-based programmes led by experts, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for...

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting me this debate on a subject on which I know I speak often. I beg patience from those who might understandably become slightly exasperated by my ongoing drive. Let me outline briefly why this subject is so important, why we must start to get this right now and, crucially, how we can get it right. I am not in the Chamber for the last debate before a recess...

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. I really mean what I say: these groups really stepped up and delivered what was needed for our armed forces veterans, when there were no other options. It was that very British way of coming together and dealing with that that made some of us so proud.

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Yes, it comes back to what I said about these groups, which, often out of a sense of duty, or as a result of identifying a gap in their local area, just step up and do it, for no other reason than to deliver care to our servicemen and women. We are very lucky to have that as a country. Over the years, matched by this gratitude in many of us, there grew an increasing bewilderment at the...

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Johnny Mercer: Absolutely. I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. I shall not stray from the lane of this debate, but across the public service we have a special asset in individuals who commit themselves to public service and sacrifice their family life for the nation. If we do not look after them properly, that will eventually go. We need to make sure we get that right.

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...

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...

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...

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.


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