Results 161–180 of 240 for speaker:David Johnston

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Question (8 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: What steps his Department is taking to introduce problem-solving courts.

Defence: Armed Forces Veterans: Covid-19 Response (7 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: What recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of including armed forces veterans in the UK’s response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Defence: Armed Forces Veterans: Covid-19 Response (7 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: Veterans across my constituency have been supporting one another, whether by calling in on those they have mental health concerns about or raising money, as the Wantage branch of the RAF Association did in raising £6,000 for Operation Connect. Will my hon. Friend join me in thanking them, and does he agree with me that this shows that, even when our service personnel stop their active...

Exams and Accountability 2021 (3 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the position regarding exams today, as someone who was keen to see them go ahead. More importantly, all the young people I have spoken to want to see them go ahead as well, so that they are in control of their own futures. Does he agree that, given the learning loss, particularly for disadvantaged young people, it will still be important for schools to...

Treasury: Support for People on Low Incomes: Covid-19 (1 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: What steps he is taking to support people on low incomes during the covid-19 outbreak.

Treasury: Support for People on Low Incomes: Covid-19 (1 Dec 2020)

David Johnston: I welcome the national living wage and minimum wage rates going up in April despite the difficult economic backdrop. Does my right hon. Friend agree, however, that what happens to people on low incomes is not just about what Government do? It is also about what employers do, and we need them to provide good work with the right number of hours and the right skills and progression strategies,...

Telecommunications (Security) Bill (30 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: It is always a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Sir John Hayes). I welcome the Bill and congratulate the Government on it. It is a good Bill, and credit should go to the ministerial team for that. Credit should also go to my Back-Bench colleagues who have made important contributions this year. There are plenty of them, but in...

Coronavirus Outbreak: DWP Response (26 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: I congratulate the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) on securing this debate. I think it fair to say that he is well regarded on both sides of the House for his approach to these issues and for his expertise on them, which was reflected in his opening remarks and in his Committee’s report. I want to speak in this debate because I think the performance of the Department for...

Coronavirus Outbreak: DWP Response (26 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: We could make the case for all public servants to be given a pay rise at all times, but of course we have to keep a good control over the expenditure that the Government make on behalf of taxpayers. Considerable support has been given, in one of the most generous packages in the world, through the covid period, and I think that has to be taken into consideration when we talk about a pay rise....

Climate Change Assembly UK: The Path to Net Zero (26 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bristol North West (Darren Jones) on securing this debate. I think that each Conservative Member speaking in this debate is a proud member of the Conservative Environment Network, and we all found a lot to welcome in the Climate Assembly report. Starting with its structure, I probably will not say this very often, but I echo what the hon. Member for Brent...

Leaseholders and Cladding (24 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: On behalf of my constituents who are affected by and anxious about this situation, can I add my voice to the cause that leaseholders should not have to pay for these charges? They have done nothing wrong. Can my right hon. Friend assure me that he will push lenders not to require the EWS1 form if it is not really needed, and also push the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which is...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Richard Fuller), who always brings a lot of expertise to debates about business matters in this House. I welcome the Bill, and I say that as a supporter of open trade and investment, not as a supporter of protectionism, not least because I want to see companies and products from the UK in every country in the...

Hong Kong (12 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: I hope that every self-respecting member of the international community will condemn this action by China. I also hope that the businesses that have tried to shut their eyes to what has been going on now open them and realise that this affects them, too. This is the latest attempt to try to crush the spirit of the people of Hong Kong and my friends from there are understandably anxious....

Cabinet Office: Civil Service Jobs outside London (12 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: What steps he is taking to increase the proportion of civil service jobs based outside London.

Cabinet Office: Civil Service Jobs outside London (12 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: In 2018, just 9% of the civil service fast stream came from a working-class background, which was higher than some previous years, but still low. Does my hon. Friend agree that, as well as improving the locations that civil servants work in and come from, we need to improve the social backgrounds they come from for better policy making and delivery?

Safety and Littering: A34 and A420 (10 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: It is a pleasure to have secured my first Adjournment debate. As some Members will know already, one of my major transport requests is the reopening of Grove station, which was one of the stations cut in the Beeching cuts. My constituents have wanted it to be reopened for more than 40 years now. It would better connect the people of Grove, where a lot more housing is due to go, it would get...

Safety and Littering: A34 and A420 (10 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, for which I thank him. We have all sorts of issues in Didcot and Wallingford exactly as he describes regarding those roads being used in that way. I am talking about certain roads; were this a Westminster Hall debate, we could probably talk for an hour and a half about the issues of traffic and shortcuts and what people are trying to do to get...

Supporting Disadvantaged Families (9 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: I very much welcome this package of support today, which will rightly tackle more aspects of poverty than efforts with vouchers could have done. Regarding the additional support for FareShare, we have in my constituency one of its regional partners, SOFEA, which I volunteered for regularly in lockdown, seeing first-hand what a great job it does. Does my right hon. Friend agree that charities...

Business of the House (5 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: In recent months, I have had a number of constituents contact me because they have been waiting significant periods of time for responses from agencies such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and in particular the probate office. Those delays are attributed to covid, and we understand the challenges that provides, but emails and calls are going unanswered for weeks and months, and...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Coronavirus (5 Nov 2020)

David Johnston: What assessment she has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) effectiveness of the digital capability of the CPS during the covid-19 outbreak.


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