Results 221–240 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill (9 Jun 2020)

David Johnston: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. Having spent my life before entering politics working with children and young people, I can say that this is child exploitation, the like of which we see in a whole range of other fields. There cannot be many worse crimes than exploiting children in that way, radicalising them, taking advantage of their vulnerabilities, and setting them on this path—a path...

Education Settings: Wider Opening (9 Jun 2020)

David Johnston: When the Children’s Commissioner appeared before the Education Committee last week, she said that if no further children went back to school before September, 8 million children will have missed six months of learning. Given what we know already happens over the summer holidays, does my right hon. Friend agree that that is too long and that any school that conceivably can open should do so?

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pubs as Takeaway Restaurants (19 May 2020)

David Johnston: Whether he plans to promote pubs as takeaway restaurants during the covid-19 outbreak.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pubs as Takeaway Restaurants (19 May 2020)

David Johnston: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Pubs like the Fleur De Lys in East Hagbourne have been doing a great job, with takeaway pints of beer and food three nights a week, from fish and chips to roasts. Can he confirm that he actively encourages that but knows that it is not a substitute for being properly open and that the Government will work with pubs to guide them on how they can do...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (18 May 2020)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. During the election campaign, I was on a street stall in Wantage when a woman from Zambia came up to me wanting to talk about Brexit. Wantage and Didcot was 54% remain, so this conversation could have gone either way, but she was in favour of Brexit. She told me that she had been working in the NHS for nine years, but that she could not get settled...

Agriculture Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (13 May 2020)

David Johnston: Here in Wantage I can hear cows mooing as I speak, so the debate is relevant to my constituency. Beginning with imports, it is fair to say that across Wantage and Didcot we have first-rate farming—Brimstone farm in the west of my constituency is one example. The food that is produced and the environment, agriculture and welfare standards are extremely high. A number of my farmers would like...

Covid-19: Economic Package (12 May 2020)

David Johnston: I support the Chancellor’s bold move to extend the furlough scheme to October—[Inaudible.]

Women and Equalities: Equality of Opportunity (6 May 2020)

David Johnston: What steps the Government are taking to help ensure equality of opportunity for people throughout the UK.

Women and Equalities: Equality of Opportunity (6 May 2020)

David Johnston: I thank my right hon. Friend for that statement. Does she agree that, although they are not in the Equality Act 2010, we should have a firm focus on social background and social mobility, so that it is not the school someone went to, the family they come from or the area they grew up in that determines their life chances?

Covid-19 Update (5 May 2020)

David Johnston: Elderly constituents of mine in Wantage and Didcot have been concerned by media reports suggesting that they will be forced to stay in their homes for an extended period. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that that is in fact not the case and that, through all his work on testing and the tracking and tracing app, he is working to make sure that we can all return to a normal life as soon as...

Domestic Abuse Bill (28 Apr 2020)

David Johnston: It is fair to say that there are several Members on both sides of the House who are more expert in this topic than me, but I wanted to speak in the debate because I have known a number of people in my personal and professional life who have been the victims of domestic abuse. I pay tribute to them today—they know who they are. Our public understanding of domestic abuse has moved on quite a...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: Support for Extremely Vulnerable People (28 Apr 2020)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to enable local authorities to provide (a) food and (b) other support to people who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable during the covid-19 outbreak.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: Support for Extremely Vulnerable People (28 Apr 2020)

David Johnston: The supermarkets have clearly got a big job on their hands, but my constituents who are shielding in Wantage and Didcot are finding their approach inconsistent. Some are very responsive, with dedicated telephone lines and email addresses that get people’s issues resolved quickly. Others have fobbed people off with lines that are never answered, and frequently asked questions instead of a...

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

David Johnston: I want to make a point about the UK publishing industry, which is another area in which we punch above our weight. It is worth £6 billion to the UK economy, and we have 10% of all academic downloads and 14% of the most cited articles. Does my hon. Friend agree that the British Library will be a key component of how we punch above our weight in this area?

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

David Johnston: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the challenges for national treasures such as the British Library is that their buildings can often start to be unfit for the purpose of storing the great items that he is talking about? For example, parts of the building might be falling down or be energy inefficient. Perhaps they could show more of their collections to the public if they could simply...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill (13 Mar 2020)

David Johnston: I congratulate the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) on promoting the Bill. I am pleased that the Government are supporting it, and I am happy to do so as well. I was a governor of schools for 10 years before coming into politics, and uniform issues weaved in and out of my time as a governor. Let me start by saying that I am a strong supporter of uniform and the role it can play...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2020)

David Johnston: I start by congratulating my hon. Friends the Members for Hastings and Rye (Sally-Ann Hart), for Leigh (James Grundy) and for Warrington South (Andy Carter) on their maiden speeches. I already knew them to be good colleagues, but they have shown this afternoon what great advocates they will be for their constituents. I will talk about the innovation aspects of this Budget, because there is a...

Business of the House (13 Feb 2020)

David Johnston: Grove station in my constituency was one of those closed in the Beeching cuts, and for over 40 years now my constituents have campaigned to have it reopened because it would connect them better, get people off congested and often unsafe roads and support our efforts to tackle climate change. May we have a debate on the importance of reopening stations such as Grove to our local economy,...

Education and Local Government (14 Jan 2020)

David Johnston: Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, for letting me give my maiden speech this afternoon. I have to confess that I am glad to go first out of those giving their maiden speeches today, because the quality that I have heard so far in my days in Parliament, from both sides of the House, has been so high that if I had had to listen to several while sitting here, I might have signalled to you...

Education and Local Government (14 Jan 2020)

David Johnston: Indeed; another one. On the far western border we have Shrivenham, which is a place where we have so many of the military families, past and present, who serve our country so well. Ed’s departure is my considerable gain and I feel extremely lucky to represent the people of Wantage. All across the constituency we have beautiful villages; we have cutting-edge science and technology in Harwell...


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