Results 1–20 of 115 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Johnny Mercer

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I am so sorry; I am half asleep. It is only a matter of time. I want to make three really clear points to the House, to the Minister and to the Government. I have made my views on this clear. I am grateful for all the support that we have had from across the House because this is an issue of singular importance. However, it is very important that we do not dictate tactically what we ask our...

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: That is an interesting intervention —in fact, I am just going to ignore it because it was pretty childish. We must get our priorities right when it comes to defence. Over the weekend the Government announced that £2.3 billion would be put into artificial intelligence and driverless cars. Fantastic—great stuff—but when it comes to social policies such as those we cut our...

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I take the point. All I will say to that is that while I am here, I am determined that we will see that manifesto commitment through. The Government have a very small majority and we will hold them to account on this issue. I am afraid that feelings are running high on this issue. We have to go back to our constituents every weekend and justify what we do in this place, and I am determined...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Congratulations, Mr Speaker, on noticing that it is actually me behind this extremely impressive facial growth for Movember, which is a serious cause promoting men’s health, particularly this year with the addition of mental health. In 2015, three out of four suicides were young people, and suicide is still the biggest killer in men under 45. Will the Minister commit to renew this...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Thank you for squeezing me in, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was not going to speak today but I felt compelled to come to the Chamber and give my two pence-worth. I very much enjoyed the contribution of the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), but it would be remiss of me not to point out how narrowly he danced on the line between delusion and fiction. He was veterans Minister in 2008-09, when...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: No, I will not give way at this moment. I cannot say that the Labour party’s record on defence is so superior to the Conservative party’s.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Am I alleged to have said something that is not true? What have I said that is not true?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I didn’t say that.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: It may be worth the hon. Gentleman putting that debate on our offer to our veterans and service personnel to the court of public opinion. The time between 2003 and 2015 saw the biggest explosion of military charities this country has ever seen because of the lack of provision that he presided over. It would be a good thing to put that into the public domain and to see whether his argument...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Absolutely. That is why the Government are trying hard. I come back to the fact that I am not going to stand here and say it is all rosy when it comes to defence. On Monday, the Government had the Second Reading of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill, which will fundamentally change the offer we give. We have to constantly challenge the offer we give to our armed forces personnel, but to...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that if we were to broaden this debate, the Opposition would find wide support for challenging on a lot of the pertinent issues in debate. Their narrow focus on this one issue makes it impossible for us to focus on the constructive argument around it.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: The hon. Gentleman knows full well that what I was trying to say—and what I did say—was that pay was not the No. 1 issue for service. It would be disingenuous to suggest that it was. There are a number of reasons why people serve, and a great experience is on offer to the people of this country who serve. Pay is important, but it is not as important as this debate suggests.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: rose—

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I really welcome the contribution by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth), my colleague on the Defence Committee, because this whole debate comes down to credibility. Yes, we would always want more money; people will always want to be paid, but that is not the No. 1 issue. Generally, we have a good offer for our servicemen and women. We have deep challenges with...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I do not want to drone on about it, but I was in the Army for 14 years, and not once has someone spoken to me about their pay. Looking incrementally at how we are paid compared with our NATO allies or those in the US, the British armed forces have a respectable pay deal that goes up each year in pay bands with the X factor. It is simply disingenuous to say that there is a military out there...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I am enjoying my hon. Friend’s guided tour of British military deployments. Does he agree that it is critical for us to ask what we, as a nation, want for our forces, what they are for and, crucially, what they are not for? We need to define our role in the world, stick to it and deliver on foreign policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Defence Co-operation (23 Oct 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that Members all have a responsibility when it comes to speculation? We could speculate about anything at all, but we are talking about people’s lives and jobs, so we should base our debate around facts, not a political agenda.

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Johnny Mercer: I invite the hon. Gentleman to clear something up; he talked a lot about cuts in the military. He knows my position on that. I have advocated on that matter for a long time. However, the debate must be in the realms of honesty. Since April 2016 the money going into defence has been increasing and it is at 2%. It is going up by half a billion pounds a year. I do not understand how that fits in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2017)

Johnny Mercer: Plymouth is leading the way on innovation in social care. The work between the local authority and care provider has broken new ground. What more can the Government do to support local authorities that are working so hard to meet social care needs in places such as Plymouth?


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