Results 1–20 of 228 for speaker:David Johnston

Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen (9 Sep 2022)

David Johnston: When the announcement was made yesterday of Her Majesty’s passing, my tears started immediately. There have been a lot of euphemisms for that in the House this afternoon, but I cried in the way that I would for someone I was close to. Of course, I had never met her. I wish I had met her. I had once been in the same room. That was as close as I got, but it was too big a room and there were...

Sir David Amess Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2022)

David Johnston: I join colleagues in paying tribute to the fact that this debate is called the Sir David Amess summer Adjournment debate. It is a fitting tribute to him and a fitting reminder to us that however good or entertaining we think our speeches are this afternoon, none of them will be as good as the one he would have given were he with us. The first thing I want to talk about is a man called Merv....

Business of the House (21 Jul 2022)

David Johnston: In November, the wife of a constituent of mine died, and the inquest ruled that it had been accidental death by drowning. The hearing was conducted sensitively, but the coroner issued a record of inquest that published my constituent’s name and address, which led to his being named in several newspapers with pictures of his house. May we have a debate on how our data protection laws...

Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jul 2022)

David Johnston: North Moreton, in my constituency, was dubbed “Britain’s kindest village”—[Hon. Members: “Ahh!”] Wait for it. This 160-home village was dubbed “Britain’s kindest village” because it committed to taking 50 Ukrainian refugees, and it has them all there now. In the Gallery today there is a group of those hosts and some of the Ukrainians they are hosting, including two young...

Energy Security Strategy — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (5 Jul 2022)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mick Whitley) on securing this debate. I think we have all understood, intellectually, that our energy supply is a national security issue, but that reality has smacked us in the face this year with the way that Putin has weaponised energy supply. We have seen that a global spike in...

Access to GP Services and NHS Dentistry (21 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: All the GP surgeries in my constituency have worked incredibly hard throughout this period. I saw some of that up close when I was volunteering with the vaccination effort in the weeks that I could. The entire period has been a complete whirlwind for them, and they went straight back into there being a huge demand for appointments. I commend them for what they did during covid and what they...

Access to GP Services and NHS Dentistry (21 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: I completely agree; the hon. Lady has made an important point. Sometimes, what people present with is not the biggest issue in their lives, and a skilled practitioner can uncover that. As has been touched on, the issue is partly about telephone systems, bizarrely, as I will come on to, but it is also undoubtedly about a shortage of GPs. The Government have a grip on that: we have 1,500 more...

Ofwat: Strategic Priorities (9 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: It is an absolute pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Danny Kruger). I want to speak in support of the strategic priorities that Ofwat has been given, as I think they are right, from protecting and enhancing our environment to using markets to better deliver for customers. It frustrates me as a point of principle that I cannot change my water supplier. I can change my...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (8 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: I welcome many things in this Bill, from the setting up of levelling-up missions through to the powers to regenerate, but I will focus on housing and planning because I get more correspondence about that than anything else. I believe strongly that Governments should be helping as many people as possible to own their own home. More importantly, the vast majority of my constituents believe that...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: New Low-Carbon Technologies (7 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: What steps he is taking to support new low-carbon technologies.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: New Low-Carbon Technologies (7 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: In recent months, I have had a number of emails from constituents who have taken the Government’s encouragement to look at getting a heat pump, but have found the cost just too high for them. What steps is my right hon. Friend taking to help bring down the cost of heat pumps so that they are more affordable for more people?

Work and Pensions: Pension Auto-enrolment (6 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: How many people have been auto-enrolled in workplace pensions in Wantage constituency since 2012.

Work and Pensions: Pension Auto-enrolment (6 Jun 2022)

David Johnston: Auto-enrolment has been one of the most successful Government policies for the workplace in decades, but my hon. Friend will know that contributions are often not yet at the levels needed for people to have a secure retirement. What steps is he taking to encourage an increase in contribution levels?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Online Harm: Women and Girls (26 May 2022)

David Johnston: I warmly welcome what we are doing with the Online Safety Bill to protect people from harm, because tech companies have been far too lax at doing so for far too long, but there is concern in some quarters that we will unintentionally end up restricting freedom of speech by conflating opinions that people do not like to hear with actual harms that are done online. Will my hon. Friend reassure...

Transport: Topical Questions (19 May 2022)

David Johnston: We were disappointed last year when our bid to reopen Grove station was not taken forward, although I realise that only 13 of the 89 proposals were. However, Wantage and Grove is set to have a population that is 59% larger in 2027 than it was a decade earlier, so the need for a station in the area has never been clearer, in addition to the environmental benefits of getting people out of their...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning Policy Reform (16 May 2022)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to give residents greater input on local developments.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning Policy Reform (16 May 2022)

David Johnston: Constituents object not simply to the sheer number of developments in my constituency and the pressure that they place on local infrastructure, but to the environmental impact of the way the homes are constructed. My hon. Friend knows that I would like to see a requirement for homes to be built to the latest environmental standard, rather than the one that was in place when permission was...

Homes for Ukraine: Visa Application Centres (28 Apr 2022)

David Johnston: A member of my staff spends a significant proportion of each day working on visas for Ukrainians, and I thank her and the hub team here, who have been supporting us all with this. Does my hon. Friend realise that one common problem is that the visa is approved but the person in question does not get the email giving them permission to travel for quite some time afterwards? Is he aware of...

Parole System: Public Protection (30 Mar 2022)

David Johnston: I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement today. Does he agree that, in those most serious of cases, the public do not expect politicians to throw up their hands and say, “Well, it was a decision for the Parole Board”? They expect them, as the ones accountable for keeping them safe, to step in and do so because it is their No.1 job.

General Practice: Large Housing Developments — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (29 Mar 2022)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Dowd. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) on securing the debate. He and I got talking a few weeks ago because I asked a question at Prime Minister’s questions too. In it, I gave some figures about the growth in my constituency. The largest town, Didcot, is set to be 42% larger in 2027...

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