Results 181–200 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (23 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Chris Loder) on bringing this good Bill to the House. Given that we get so many emails on so many campaigns every week and month, it is nice to be saying, for once, “Yes, I agree”, rather than the usual, “No, I don’t”. About 15 years ago, I was involved in a project looking at charitable giving, comparing the UK and other...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: In recent months, a number of constituents have written to me about completing processes online, and how it is assumed that they have a mobile phone that can receive a code, a smartphone on which they can download an app or, indeed, a good enough internet connection that will hold through multiple stages of a process. Given that more and more processes are going that way, may we have a debate...

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill (16 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: I will be brief. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan). One does not need to be here long to know what a formidable Member of the House she is, and I hope we will see her back here soon. Most of the public are rightly horrified when they hear the stories of drugs and violence in our prisons, but we have to deal with the world as it is...

Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill (16 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: May I begin by congratulating my good friend, my hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Laura Trott)? If a Member is drawn high on the list for private Members’ Bills that is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing, because it provides a rare opportunity to put one’s name on a piece of legislation as a humble Back Bencher, but it is a curse, because one’s inbox immediately...

Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill (16 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: Is my hon. Friend aware that during lockdown, although clinics were supposed to be closed, Save Face received 179 complaints—

Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill (16 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: Is my hon. Friend aware that during lockdown, although clinics were supposed to be closed, Save Face received 179 complaints from people who had undergone procedures, 80 of which were about illicit, botched procedures that resulted in swelling, bruising and uneven lips. Does she agree that that underlines the problems in the industry and why it needs more regulation?

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: Just 12% of our journalists and chief execs come from a working-class background, and just 6% of doctors and barristers. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we need a renewed focus on social mobility from all institutions so that we make much better use of all the country’s talent?

Covid-19 Update and Hospitality Curfew (1 Oct 2020)

David Johnston: I support the 10 pm restriction as an alternative to hospitality businesses having to close entirely, but it may well hurt certain parts of the sector more than others—for example, wet-led pubs that do not serve food, such as the Wheatsheaf in Faringdon. Will the Secretary of State and his colleagues confirm that they will look closely at whether certain parts of the sector are being hit...

Professional and Amateur Sport: Government Support (30 Sep 2020)

David Johnston: It has been a difficult time for sports clubs across my constituency, but two individuals have provided a spot of light. Charles Walker, who is 62, ran 28 half-marathons, and Lincoln Callaghan, who is five, cycled 100 km—in stages, I should add—to raise money for Didcot Town football club. They raised several thousand pounds. That is obviously not a substitute for the club’s income, but...

Students’ Return to Universities (29 Sep 2020)

David Johnston: I welcome what my right hon. Friend said about supporting the mental health of students at this time. May I encourage him to ensure support for the employability skills of students, which could easily be neglected with online sessions? Even if it is only online, let us keep them on track for the lives they want after university.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (10 Sep 2020)

David Johnston: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s inquiry. Does he agree that the fairness aspect of the report is particularly important? People are sometimes put off by the idea that the affluent are telling those on low incomes that everything about their lifestyle is wrong—where they work, what they drive, where they go on holiday. There needs to be a greater understanding that some people might like to...

Awarding of Qualifications: Role of Ministers (9 Sep 2020)

David Johnston: Was my right hon. Friend struck, as I was, in that Education Committee hearing that Ofqual could see coming many of the problems that came about? It knew that high-achieving children at low-performing schools would be disadvantaged, and it knew that schools with small classes would be advantaged, but its attitude was very much “We’ll just sort it out at appeals” rather than to worry...

Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: It is a particular pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), whose passion for this place and for the Union I hugely admire. He will not remember doing it, but a few weeks ago he intervened on me and at that point I felt like a proper MP, so I thank him for that. It is probably unconventional to say so, but I am pleased to be followed by my hon. Friend the Member for...

China (20 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: I strongly support the measures announced today. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that when the inevitable pressure, both public and private, comes from China, we will stand behind the measures for as long as the national security law remains in its current form?

UK Telecommunications (14 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: With regard to our other networks, people in the telecoms industry have suggested to me that it is not actually as difficult to replace the equipment as the representatives of the industry suggest. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that, in his technical consultation about supply chain alternatives, he will push them to distinguish between things they prefer not to have to do and things that...

Business of the House (9 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: Last month at Great Western Park and in the Ladygrove area of my constituency, we had unauthorised Traveller encampments descend. Local residents were subjected to noise, mess, vandalism and other antisocial behaviour for close to a week. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the Government are developing proposals to actively tackle that, so that our constituents do not have to deal with it...

Support for Left-Behind Children (7 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker—this just got harder. I pay tribute to the teachers of Wantage and Didcot, many of whom worked throughout the entire lockdown period to keep schools open for some children, and I welcome the additional average 5% that each of them will get through this additional funding. We have a gender gap in education, with girls doing better than boys at every stage, and we...

Treasury: Covid-19: High Street Businesses (7 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: What fiscal steps he is taking to support high street businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

Treasury: Covid-19: High Street Businesses (7 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: I have been visiting high-street businesses in Wantage, Didcot, Faringdon and elsewhere, and they are hugely grateful for the furlough scheme, the grant scheme and the business rates holiday, but what they most want now is footfall. Does my right hon. Friend agree that that should be the priority? Will he confirm that he is considering all measures to increase footfall on the high street?

Education Settings: Autumn Opening (2 Jul 2020)

David Johnston: Does my right hon. Friend agree that getting all children back to school in September is particularly important for the poorest children, and that if people try to obstruct that return, they are standing in the way of both social mobility and social justice for our most disadvantaged?

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