Results 121–140 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

Business of the House (15 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: Despite the hard work of postmen and women, my constituents have had months of problems with Royal Mail deliveries, their letters, cards, magazines and appointments arriving late or not at all. Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate about how Royal Mail should give the service that our constituents deserve and are paying for?

Cop26: Civil Society and Youth Groups: Consultation (14 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: What steps he is taking to consult with (a) civil society and (b) youth groups in preparation for COP26.

Cop26: Civil Society and Youth Groups: Consultation (14 Apr 2021)

David Johnston: I have a pile of letters on my desk from children at GEMS Didcot Primary Academy and John Blandy Primary School, who have written to tell me what they have learned about climate change and what positive changes they saw in the environment during lockdown, and to give me their ideas of things they think the Government should be doing. Will my right hon. Friend tell me how children and young...

Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill (23 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: I am privileged to have lots of world-class science in my constituency, not least at Harwell campus, which used to be hidden from Ordnance Survey maps when it was doing what it was with atomic energy, but is now very much on the map of the world’s leading scientific research and development centres in the world. I warmly support what Government do in this area, not least the £800 million...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Culture Recovery Fund (18 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: What progress his Department has made on allocating further support to the culture and heritage sector through the Culture Recovery Fund.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Culture Recovery Fund (18 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: The culture recovery fund has provided a vital lifeline to many organisations in my constituency, from the Cholsey and Wallingford railway to the Oxford Philharmonic to the Didcot Railway Centre, which is a popular family attraction. Does my right hon. Friend agree that just as people have been very good at supporting their local shops during the pandemic, it would be great if, when...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [2nd Allotted Day] (16 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: There is lots to welcome in this Bill, but I want to focus on the issue that it covers on which I have had more casework than any other—unauthorised Traveller encampments. Unfortunately, these are a common feature in my constituency. Since last July, I have been copied into a weekly report on where there are unauthorised camps. In 20 of the 34 weeks since I have been getting that report,...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women (15 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: I also extend my deepest condolences to Sarah Everard’s friends and family. Does my right hon. Friend agree that preventing violence against women is partly about what we do with boys? That means teaching them that what is often depicted on TV, online and in video games is not acceptable behaviour, as well as simply restricting what they see through the forthcoming online harms Bill.

Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port and Battery Manufacturing Strategy (1 Mar 2021)

David Johnston: Last month, I met representatives from Johnson Matthey, which is opening a new flagship site at Milton Park in my constituency, where it will develop and test advance batches, working both to lengthen the driving distances and shorten the charging times. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a very welcome development that supports the Government’s ambition to transition us to...

Uber: Supreme Court Ruling (24 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: I welcome the Supreme Court judgment. Companies such as Uber can provide well-regarded flexibility, but they can also have staff retention problems globally. Does my hon. Friend agree that companies such as Uber should look at this judgment and, rather than try to find ways around it, look at what they can change that will, among other things, likely help them keep their people for longer?

Women and Equalities: Social Mobility (10 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: What steps the Government is taking to increase social mobility.

Women and Equalities: Social Mobility (10 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: Last month, it was reported that the civil service fast stream is no longer publishing data on the social backgrounds of the people it hires, which came with information obtained by a freedom of information request showing that the success of those from private schools entering the fast stream is double that of those from comprehensive schools. Can I therefore ask my right hon. Friend to...

Armed Forces Bill (8 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: In Wantage and Didcot, I represent a constituency with a strong tradition of admiration for our armed services but also of service in them, including by some of my predecessors, one of whom was Airey Neave, who had a proud record of service in world war two. His immediate predecessor was Ralph Glyn, who fought in the first world war and was given a Military Cross. We have the Defence Academy...

UK Space Industry (4 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: I am hugely proud to have Harwell Campus in my constituency for all sorts of reasons, but one of them is its space cluster. It has 105 organisations working on space, which is the largest number of organisations within walking distance of each other anywhere in the world. We have a whole range of organisations, from industry and academia to Government, working together, such as RAL...

Support for University Students: Covid-19 (3 Feb 2021)

David Johnston: I welcome the additional money that the Government are providing today, but given that nearly all our universities charge the maximum fee every year, they all should be able to provide at least some support to ease the burden on students at this time. Part of the reason that they are not all doing so is that some of them went into the pandemic with finances that were not quite working,...

Business of the House (28 Jan 2021)

David Johnston: The eviction ban has been a positive policy overall, but my constituent Andy has experienced the negative side of it. His tenants have used it as an excuse not to pay their rent, even though they have remained in full-time employment and have even abused him for requesting it. They are now in serious arrears and, as it is his main income, he is seriously out of pocket. May we have a debate...

Work and Pensions: Vulnerable People: Essential Costs (25 Jan 2021)

David Johnston: What support her Department is providing to vulnerable people to help meet essential costs in winter 2020-21.

Work and Pensions: Vulnerable People: Essential Costs (25 Jan 2021)

David Johnston: I thank my right hon. Friend for that statement. As well as providing those on low incomes with food boxes, the charity SOFEA in my constituency works with utility companies to try to drive down the costs of people’s bills, recognising that food is not their only challenge. I am hugely supportive of the covid winter fund, but does my right hon. Friend agree that what happens to those on low...

Serious Criminal Cases Backlog (20 Jan 2021)

David Johnston: I thank my hon. Friend for his statement on recent progress in clearing the covid backlog. There will be victims out there who will look at these headlines and wonder whether they should pursue their cases, or perhaps recent victims of crime wondering whether they should come forward at all, given the delays that the papers have suggested. What is my hon. Friend’s message to victims of...

Public Bill Committee: Telecommunications (Security) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (19 Jan 2021)

David Johnston: Can I ask about the diversification strategy, which is a question I asked some of the other witnesses? The Government are rightly investing a significant amount in this. We all agree that it is needed. What do you think success looks like? Our problem at the moment is that if we take out Huawei, we have only two vendors we can use. What range would you like to see, and in what sort of timeframe?Q


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