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Results 81–100 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Knight

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (21 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: The percentage of convictions secured for domestic abuse is at its highest since 2010. What more can the Department do to ensure that we get more prosecutions and thereby more convictions?

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I am really encouraged by what the Minister has said in that regard. The reality is that the collapse in diesel is a Europe-wide issue; we know that. It is just that we need this nuance—this idea that cleaner diesel does play a role—shouted from the rooftops, provided that the industry can show that this clean diesel does not harm the environment.

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We finally move to the main business of the day. Obviously, it is a great pleasure to follow the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), and I am sure that my speech will be just as resounding as his. That fantastic oration is not at all a hard act to follow. I secured this debate...

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. The way to bring jobs into the UK is to create a business environment in which investment can flourish, and that is basically the point of my speech.

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I wonder whether he has seen my speech, because I am just about to mention Jaguar Land Rover’s successes, which are manifest. I mentioned employment at the start of my speech, and the reality is that we have gone back to the situation that we were in in 2016.

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention. I know for a fact that many people who work at Jaguar Land Rover live in his constituency, and the royal town of Sutton Coldfield is a close partner with Solihull in many respects, so I welcome his comment. JLR faces serious challenges, but it is important not to allow them to eclipse what is still an encouraging picture overall. In 2010, it...

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I was recently diagnosed as asthmatic, which, for someone who cycled up mountains less than two years ago, is a frightening and life-altering experience in many respects. I am very conscious of the fact my right hon. Friend raises, but we need to get it right so that we do not end up ensuring that older polluting diesels are kept on the roads longer because people are afraid to change them as...

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: The hon. Gentleman has put his thoughts on the record. He is correct about the transition, and we cannot ask car manufacturers to move at pace to those new technologies and then take EU policy that could potentially damage the income streams that allow them to invest. We need to be nuanced and thoughtful about that while protecting our environment.

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I certainly will, and I know the impact that investment has had on my hon. Friend’s local community and on the wider west midlands economy. Those jobs are fantastic. The pay is much higher than the national average wage, which creates jobs in the local economy through the multiplier effect. They are jobs that we have to keep and develop. The key word is “transition.”

Car Production: Solihull (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I am conscious of time. Sorry. Jaguar Land Rover has announced that all new models will be electrified from 2020, and I have no doubt that other manufacturers will follow suit. It is a simple fact that we do not yet have the infrastructure to handle a wholesale shift towards electric vehicles in the near future. As I told the House during the passage of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: I wonder whether the right hon. Gentleman knows how many Opposition Front Benchers have resigned since the current Leader of the Opposition came to power.

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: As ever, it is a huge pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas). We have heard a lot about polls today. I will give the House a couple. We all know the figures of 52% and 48%, and it is intrinsic and beholden on the House to respect the referendum result, but another figure is 34%, which is the current polling for the Labour party. That is quite incredible at...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: Certainty is all. I will be speaking about that in the Adjournment debate later—Jaguar Land Rover wants certainty, too. It is a little rich when people talk about the rights of EU citizens and UK citizens and then reject a deal that would protect those rights. A second referendum would be a stain on this Parliament. The division would be enormous, and we have been entrusted. No deal makes...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden), who is as erudite as ever. Like many colleagues—perhaps I am being a little glib here to a certain extent—I did not actually come into politics to bang on about Europe. I am a social liberal and economically of the right—dry as a bone, in many respects. I wanted my political life to be,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Julian Knight: As the Secretary of State will be aware, there are reports in the newspapers that Jaguar Land Rover will imminently implement a transformation plan. What that says to me is very simple. Parts for an average Land Rover cross between the UK and the EU 37 times, so it says to me that we need the withdrawal agreement to maintain that just-in-time movement of parts in a way that protects jobs in...

Uk-EU Negotiations: Digital Economy (17 Dec 2018)

Julian Knight: This legislation is long overdue and I really welcome it. I ask the House to indulge me for a second. A parent came to my surgery soon after I was elected to discuss how their child had suffered a sexual assault in a school. During the conversation, the mother mentioned to me, at some length, the ready availability of online pornography at school, how this was a motivating factor—or at...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Women’s Sport: Broadcasting (13 Dec 2018)

Julian Knight: Women’s Twenty20 cricket is a fantastic spectator and TV sport. May we have it in the Commonwealth games?

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [Lords]: Authorised court and tribunal staff: legal advice and judicial functions (12 Dec 2018)

Julian Knight: I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (John Howell) on his excellent speech. It was a great pleasure to serve on this Committee. Despite the toing and froing there was also a lot of cross-party agreement in the Committee; it must be acknowledged that there was some real working together. The Bill opens up greater flexibility and will over time open up new technologies and the...

Points of Order (12 Dec 2018)

Julian Knight: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The wait is over. A few days ago, a senior Labour Member of Parliament addressed a public meeting in my constituency relating to the relocation of a post office—a very sensitive public matter. I will not name the MP in question, but I would like your guidance please, Sir, on the correct procedure for Members in terms of when they should or should not show...


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