Results 61–80 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

New Homes: Developers, Housebuilders and Management Companies — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Jan 2022)

David Johnston: I beg to move, That this House has considered the role of developers, housebuilders and management companies in new homes. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. Happy new year to you and to everybody else who is here this morning. This is a 90-minute debate, and I have said to quite a number of people that I could easily speak for at least 90 minutes on this topic—it...

New Homes: Developers, Housebuilders and Management Companies — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Jan 2022)

David Johnston: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. I was just about to say that when the taxpayer is subsidising the development of affordable homes and when the profits of house builders are so large—often bordering on 30%, come rain or shine; they are making these profits in all weathers—it is completely unacceptable for them to play this game so that people are unable to get on the housing...

New Homes: Developers, Housebuilders and Management Companies — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Jan 2022)

David Johnston: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I expect the Minister will address that point when he speaks later. Most people think that they own their home, but they can often end up feeling like tenants. I experienced that myself until recently. I used to get a bill for £300 on Christmas day every year. The bill, dated 25 December, was £300 for absolutely nothing, but constituents of...

Backbench Business - Christmas AdjournmentBackbench Business (16 Dec 2021)

David Johnston: Let me begin by expressing my sadness that Sir David Amess is not here today. I have spoken in these Adjournment debates on pretty much every occasion since I was elected—albeit only two years ago—and the joy of them was not getting to speak in them oneself, but getting to see Sir David’s tour de force. Most of us decide which of 30, 40 or 50 issues we will raise, but he just raised...

Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill (16 Dec 2021)

David Johnston: I thank my hon. Friend and his Committee for their work on this issue. Does he agree that, as big tech companies can analyse our search histories to suggest purchases and can even read our messages to suggest a reply, it is ludicrous for them to say that the sorts of things we want them to do to keep people safer are too difficult?

Business of the House (16 Dec 2021)

David Johnston: Merry Christmas to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and to all the staff here. Friends of mine in business are saying that the ability of the Information Commissioner to levy large fines is having some unintended consequences, in that cyber-gangs are stealing businesses’ data and threatening to publish it if a ransom is not paid. That ransom is almost always less than the potential fine they...

Covid-19 Update (6 Dec 2021)

David Johnston: Over 90% of the people getting the most serious care for covid are unvaccinated. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if people are not getting a vaccine without good reason, they do not just endanger themselves, but put a strain on the NHS that it does not need when trying to treat people for other conditions?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power: Space Technology (30 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating funding to the development of space based solar power.

Army Restructuring: Future Soldier (25 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: When the planned disposal of Vauxhall barracks in my constituency takes place, I and many of my constituents hope we might use some of the land for increased health services, because ours are bursting at the seams. Is there an update on the disposal date for the barracks, and will my right hon. Friend work with me and his colleagues at the Department of Health and Social Care to explore the...

Business of the House (25 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: My constituency has been subjected to one of the highest rates of house building in the country. One problem that has brought with it is so-called “management companies” charging higher fees. Sometimes they are doing nothing for those fees. Sometimes they are increasing them—sometimes doubling them—year after year, with no justification for what they are doing for this money. May we...

Independent Fan-led Review of Football Governance (25 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: I, too, thank my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch) for all her work on this excellent report. In my constituency, I have a series of very small clubs, such as Didcot Town, Wantage Town and Wallingford Town, which are often run on a shoestring by volunteers who put in their own money to keep them going. Can my hon. Friend the Minister assure me that, when he...

Strengthening Standards in Public Life (17 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: My remarks will probably follow in the vein of those of my hon. Friend the Member for Broxbourne (Sir Charles Walker). I have no outside interests or earnings, so in one sense, no matter how strict the rules are, this is not going to affect me directly. I have never been persuaded by the argument that some Members used to earn a lot more elsewhere and therefore need to be able to earn more...

Treasury: Wages: Lowest-income Households (2 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to increase wages and support the lowest-income households.

Treasury: Wages: Lowest-income Households (2 Nov 2021)

David Johnston: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for that statement. I strongly welcome the increase in the national living wage to £9.50 and the cut to the UC taper rate. Those are strong work incentives, which will help people to keep more of their money. However, given that not everybody will read the Budget, may I ask what her strategy is to make sure that those who can benefit from these...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning Rules (25 Oct 2021)

David Johnston: What steps he is taking to reform planning rules.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning Rules (25 Oct 2021)

David Johnston: The two district councils that Wantage and Didcot cover are in the top 10 areas of England for houses built, but in the bottom third for infrastructure. People would be less unhappy with the house building if it came with more GP surgeries, the reopening of Grove station and better roads. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that, as he reforms planning, there will be a greater emphasis on...

Covid-19 Update (21 Oct 2021)

David Johnston: People in Wantage and Didcot, and across Oxfordshire, have been doing a great job of administering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds, as they did for the older age groups, but unfortunately a small minority of people have been giving them abuse for that. Will my hon. Friend join me in saying that that is completely unacceptable and in thanking them for doing what is a vital task to keep us...


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