Results 1–20 of 144 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Johnny Mercer: What steps the Government is taking to tackle the use of drones over prisons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I know that my hon. Friend likes nothing more than donning his budgie smugglers and sitting in the back garden on a Sunday afternoon. Drones can be a menace in that regard. Will he confirm exactly what he is doing in some of the measures that he is putting in place to combat drones in prison?

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Johnny Mercer: Thank you, Sir Lindsay, for calling me in this debate. This is a deeply personal issue on which I have worked for some time. I welcome the amendments tabled by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Sir Michael Fallon). I am cognisant that there are real issues with what has been put forward—I do not dispute that for a minute—but I echo what my right hon. Friend the...

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Johnny Mercer: That is exactly what I am talking about. Before I came to this place—I have spoken about it before, so this will not be a shock to anyone—I really struggled with the inauthenticity I saw from both the Government and Opposition Dispatch Boxes. Incidents such as the one that has just been referred to serve to highlight that. Up and down the country, there are people watching this...

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention. I must say that when I started the process on IHAT, I found it a pretty lonely experience. That has now changed significantly. There are people in the Chamber who have campaigned on the Northern Ireland issue for a long time and it is deeply heartening to see the support this issue has got, certainly among Conservative Members. I thank him...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: What work has the Cabinet Office done to ensure that Departments have the skills and people required to deliver a successful exit from the European Union?

Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: Will the Prime Minister confirm to the House today that she is absolutely committed to this country retaining its tier 1 military status, and equally open to the idea that increased threats require increased resources, but also committed to reforming the Department so that we end the narrative of constant decline of UK military capability when the truth is in fact the complete reverse?

Health and Social Care: Childhood Obesity (19 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: What steps he is taking to reduce rates of childhood obesity.

Health and Social Care: Childhood Obesity (19 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: As the Minister will know, perhaps the two biggest challenges that we currently face in relation to young people’s health are mental health and child obesity. Will he update the House on the progress of chapter 1 of his childhood obesity plan in reducing the amount of sugar in both food and drink?

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting (6 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: On the timing, does the Ministry of Defence grasp the issue about us needing a commitment not even sooner rather than later, but before the summer recess? We need a decision point that we can look at, and take back to people and say, “Yes, we will get a decision on it,” so that we will have delivered something from the campaign.

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting (6 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I welcome the Minister’s comments. Clearly, we have to conduct the debate from a position of truth. We have a growing defence budget, but in Plymouth we have seen things like the defence rebasing strategy that have put people’s livelihoods and jobs in that city under threat. It has kind of paused; it is not going anywhere. We need the commitment. Will the Minister take back to the...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting (6 Jun 2018)

Johnny Mercer: The hon. Gentleman may be slightly mistaken. The announcement of the rebasing strategy was in 2015, long before the current process. This is not about party politics, because over the years Governments of all colours have not paid enough attention to Plymouth, but if the rebasing strategy happens and the Type 26s can be a base-ported in Plymouth, does he agree that under this Government we...

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: The Windrush scandal is appalling—there is no doubt about it—but there seems to have been some wilful conflation here, not helped by the crashing irony of the shadow Home Secretary talking about my right hon. Friend the Member for Hastings and Rye (Amber Rudd) not being on top of her brief. Will the Home Secretary outline to me and others in Plymouth what exactly is wrong with a...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Debt respite scheme: advice to the Secretary of State (24 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I rise to speak in support of amendment 5, which is in my name and those of the hon. Members for Liverpool, Wavertree (Luciana Berger), and for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), as well as many others across the House. We in this place often talk a very good game when it comes to mental health, and serious progress has been made in taking the agenda forward over the last few years thanks to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Type 26 Frigates (23 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: The Minister will be aware that, on Monday, after much talk between Plymouth and Portsmouth, I launched a campaign to have the Type 26s port based in Plymouth. Will he meet me and a leadership team from Plymouth to outline why this key city in the nation’s crown deserves to have the ships port based there?

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: Thank you for granting this debate today, Mr Speaker. I think everybody knows my position, but I want to lay it out clearly. I profoundly disagree with many Members when it comes to a potential war powers Act, which would be an act of calamitous insanity for our foreign policy. I am going to make it very clear why I think that and why the Prime Minister has done absolutely the right thing,...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I will not give way. I have heard a lot of the arguments in this House. The speed and secrecy that we try to uphold in military operations cannot be curtailed by decision making. Should Parliament have a say? Should Parliament have a debate? Should MPs be listened to? Are MPs important in this debate? Absolutely, but when it comes to the defence of this nation and the defence of the freedoms...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: I respect the position of the Father of the House, but there is a fundamental difference between intelligence on national security and policy on health, social security benefits or whatever it is.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: My hon. Friend makes a very clear point. Some of the contributions in this House lend weight to why Parliament should not have a say in this. Time and again, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence have stood up in this country and said, “This is a limited action. This is a one-time action. We are targeting chemical weapons.” Yet there is question after question:...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Living Wage (17 Apr 2018)

Johnny Mercer: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of the national living wage on low pay.


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