Results 101–120 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

Backbench Business: Royal Mail — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (17 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: I beg to move, That this House has considered the performance of Royal Mail. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms McDonagh. In some ways, I wish this debate about the performance of Royal Mail was not necessary, and I want to be crystal clear at the outset that I do not think that the problems I will describe are the fault of Royal Mail’s workers. I live in the Didcot area and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (17 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: I add my thanks to the hon. Gentleman and his Committee for the report. Does he agree that most of our constituents are not necessarily opposed to planning reform or to more housing, but that they want to feel that their area is not getting a disproportionate share of that housing and that what goes up needs to be good quality, good for the environment, genuinely affordable and supported by...

Catch-up Premium (15 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: There are a few curious things about this motion. One is that we debated the same subject just last week; we have had the G7 and the delay to step 4 of lockdown, but we are talking about the same thing. However, it is important, so I do not mind. The other curious thing about it is that we have been told for quite a long time now that Labour Members support Sir Kevan Collins’s plan, except...

Uyghur Tribunal: London (14 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: It has been reported in the past 24 hours that the EU was reluctant to specifically cite the camps in Xinjiang as part of the forced labour statement. Whether or not that is true, does my hon. Friend think that our closest allies will be united both in being disturbed by the testimony that we are seeing, and in condemning the coercion of the witnesses’ families?

Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (10 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: One of the most concerning, but unfortunately not surprising, aspects of this review is that young people are not reporting the sexual abuse and harassment they experience from their peers because of how often it happens. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is the job of everyone who works with young people, not just teachers and parents, to help them to feel supported and empowered enough to...

Hillsborough: Collapse of Trials (10 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: It is hard to disagree with the reported comments of Deanna Matthews that it is “ludicrous” for the search for justice to have ended in this way, particularly when the community in Liverpool have had to fight so hard for so long to uncover the truth. What does my right hon. and learned Friend consider is the key lesson for the Department he leads to prevent things like this from ever...

Investing in Children and Young People (9 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: I think the point that the whole House agrees on is that teachers and schools did a tremendous job, and continue to do a tremendous job, throughout covid-19, and they have worked through all the holidays and were among the unsung heroes of the pandemic. The bit that we all ought to be able to agree on is that the Government have put tremendous amounts of money into education, children and...

Health and Social Care: Covid-19: Restoration of GP Services (8 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to support the full restoration of GP services as part of the covid-19 recovery.

Health and Social Care: Covid-19: Restoration of GP Services (8 Jun 2021)

David Johnston: I have been contacted in recent weeks by quite a number of constituents who are struggling to get a GP appointment, but we have a pre-covid problem as well, which is that thousands and thousands of new houses have gone into the constituency without an increase in GP services. Will my hon. Friend meet me to discuss how to get my constituents the GP services that they need and deserve?

Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (27 May 2021)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. The debate is an important one, because when we talk about climate change, we tend to focus a lot more on transport than we do on buildings, and yet buildings are our second biggest cause of emissions. Domestic buildings are 30% of our energy use and 19% of our emissions overall. Ultimately, I would like to see more of what I...

Business of the House (27 May 2021)

David Johnston: Last week was, of course, Dementia Action Week, and when I met with the Alzheimer’s Society, it presented several worrying statistics, one of which showed the rise in the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Based on the stats in Oxfordshire, fewer than one in five of the people who had been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs actually had a diagnosis of psychosis. Will the Leader of the House please...

Criminal Justice Review: Response to Rape (25 May 2021)

David Johnston: Last month, a constituent of mine sent me a very powerful account of how her case has taken nearly three years to reach court. During that time, she has been told not to have therapy; that she could have therapy as long as the notes were shared with the defence; that she should not claim compensation; that she should not speak about it; and, at one point, that she would not be able to watch...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Abuse: Victims (18 May 2021)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic abuse.

Covid-19 Update (17 May 2021)

David Johnston: Part of our fight against covid, and indeed against future viruses, is to improve our domestic vaccine manufacturing capability. To that end, the Government are fast-tracking the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Harwell in my constituency. I will be visiting it in a few weeks, but could my right hon. Friend provide an update on the progress so far?

Debate on the Address: A Brighter Future for the Next Generation (13 May 2021)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (David Simmonds), a fellow member of the Education Committee. It is also a pleasure to speak again in a Gracious Speech debate. The last time I did so was for my maiden speech, so at least it is slightly less nerve-wracking this time around. I spent 16 years running organisations for young people before I...

Transport: Rural Transport Connections (29 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to improve transport connections in rural areas.

Transport: Rural Transport Connections (29 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: My constituency has lots of the challenges that one would associate with a predominantly rural area, but No. 1 on my list is trying to reopen Grove station, which, in a recent survey, 98% of people supported. We have submitted our bid to the Restoring Your Railway fund. Will my hon. Friend provide an update on when we will hear—hopefully good—news?

Government Support for India (28 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: I think that everyone in the country has been distressed by the images of the reports they have seen in India. I welcome my hon. Friend’s statement about the equipment that we have provided and the speed at which we have done so. Obviously, India is a vastly different size to the UK, but if it is wanted, will we also provide logistical advice from the NHS, the Army and our scientists on...

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Historical Inequalities Report (22 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: This report’s findings make for very uncomfortable reading, but I pay tribute to the special committee, today’s commission for its response and the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) and all those he worked with in drawing a vital spotlight to this issue. This will sadly be impossible in too many cases, but does my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State agree that, where the...


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