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Johnny Mercer

Conservative - Plymouth, Moor View

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
28th Jul 2019 - 20th Apr 2021
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
22nd Feb 2021 - 22nd Feb 2021
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Health and Social Care Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Sub-Committee
4th May 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Sub-Committee
8th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Oral Question
Wednesday 26th January 2022
11:30
Northern Ireland Office
Oral Question No. 1
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on bringing forward legislative proposals to protect veterans from prosecution for actions taken during the Troubles.
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Division Votes
Monday 17th January 2022
Elections Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 321 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 327
Speeches
Thursday 13th January 2022
Public Prosecution Service and Legacy in Northern Ireland
Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I take your words of caution seriously. I have worked hard with the Clerks to …
Written Answers
Monday 20th December 2021
Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals with UK visas who …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
Saturday 22nd January 2022
07:55
MP Financial Interests
Monday 17th January 2022
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Chartwell Speakers, 14 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HN, for speaking engagements:
EDM signed
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
THERE BUT NOT THERE
That this House recognises the extraordinary work of There But Not There, an art installation project which commemorates the fallen …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Johnny Mercer has voted in 273 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

6 Dec 2021 - Armed Forces Bill - View Vote Context
Johnny Mercer voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 300 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 302 Noes - 221
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Johnny Mercer voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Kevan Jones (Labour)
(126 debate interactions)
Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans)
(25 debate interactions)
Stephen Morgan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)
(22 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(383 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(170 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(6 debate contributions)
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Plymouth, Moor View Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Plymouth, Moor View signature proportion
Petitions with most Plymouth, Moor View signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

We want Police Officers to be able to provide a suspension notice from the moment an offender is caught drink, drug or dangerous driving until they appear in court. It would then be for the Judge to decide whether a ban continues or they are able to continue to drive again.


Latest EDMs signed by Johnny Mercer

23rd October 2018
Johnny Mercer signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 23rd October 2018

THERE BUT NOT THERE

Tabled by: Ruth Smeeth (Labour - Stoke-on-Trent North)
That this House recognises the extraordinary work of There But Not There, an art installation project which commemorates the fallen heroes of the First World War; notes that the project has raised £4 million for six military charities; further notes that £800,000 of the funds raised will be paid as …
62 signatures
(Most recent: 19 Dec 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 29
Conservative: 15
Scottish National Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Johnny Mercer, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Johnny Mercer has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Johnny Mercer has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Johnny Mercer has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Johnny Mercer has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


11 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has provided to support the 300 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Afghan nationals at UK universities under Operation Warm Welcome; and how many of those scholarships have been awarded.

A significant cross-government effort is under way, dubbed ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into their local communities.

As part of Operation Warm Welcome, it was announced there would be further funding for up to 300 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Afghans at UK universities. The department will update with further details of this programme in due course.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he plans to give to people who are unable to book domestic cruise trips as a result of the cruise company's policy that passengers of all ages must be fully vaccinated against covid-19, including children for whom that vaccine has yet to be approved.

My Department is committed to the safe restart of cruise and monitoring the risk of transmission and will require passengers and crew to present a negative Covid-19 test prior to embarkation. However, the matter of mandating vaccinations in order to travel on domestic cruises in the UK is a matter for individual operators. This is a commercial matter, with cruise operators formulating their own policies on Covid-19 safety measures.

More information about safe domestic cruise travel in the UK can be found on the gov.uk website.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department plans to take in response to the findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report, Women's State Pension age: our findings on the Department for Work and Pensions' communication of changes, printed on 19 July 2021, HC 444.

The Ombudsman’s investigation is ongoing and section 7(2) of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 states that Ombudsman investigations “shall be conducted in private”. It is not appropriate to comment on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report of 19 July 2021 on stage 1 of their investigation.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many Afghan nationals with UK visas who served (a) as interpreters and (b) in other locally employed staff roles are in Afghanistan as of 6 December 2021; and what steps her Department is taking to facilitate the return of those people to the UK.

At the end of Operation Pitting 311 principals called forward to Hamid Karzai Airport under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme had not been evacuated. 99 of them are now in the UK and 45 in third countries. Helping all those who want to leave Afghanistan and who are eligible to come to the UK remains a priority. The Government has made clear to the Taliban the need to ensure safe passage of those entitled to go to another country. The Joint Afghanistan Casework Unit, staffed by officials from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Home Office and Ministry of Defence, is taking forward the UK's commitment to resettle those eligible to come to the UK. The ARAP scheme remains open.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when each Afghan national who arrived in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, Operation Pitting and the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme will be awarded Indefinite Leave to Remain.

In recognition of the urgency of the evacuation and the need to act quickly, the majority of those who entered the UK during the evacuation phase were granted limited leave to enter, usually for 6 months, with access to public funds and employment. This status is not a bar to them being permanently housed or to starting their life in the UK, including taking employment.

The Home Office has now started the process to support all those currently in the UK with 6 months leave to apply for and be granted ILR. We will be providing support for the completion of application forms, which will be required to ensure we obtain up to date personal information and to obtain the necessary biometric resident permit consent. Our aim is to conclude this process before anyone’s leave expires.

Communications have been issued advising individuals of next steps to progress permanent residence in the UK. Amongst the information provided, those communications confirm individuals’ rights to employment and to access services (e.g. medical treatment, school places). They also provide links to guidance and information on how prospective employers and landlords can contact the Home Office to confirm individuals’ right to take employment and rented accommodation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps Afghan nationals who have settled in the UK under the (a) Ex-Gratia Scheme and (b) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme need to take to apply for relocation of additional family members in response to the security threat faced by those family members in Afghanistan.

Individuals already settled in the UK under ARAP/EX-Gratia scheme seeking relocation for additional family members are required to apply under the additional family guidance via their original sponsoring department (MOD or FCDO). Application For Relocation To The United Kingdom Under ARAP (office.com)

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications his Department has received for the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy scheme; how many applicants to that scheme have (a) been excluded from the UK relocation option, (b) been accepted for relocation to the UK under category (i) one, (ii) two and (iii) four and (c) not yet been informed of a decision on their application; and how many of those accepted, rejected or pending were terminated from their employment.

We have significantly accelerated the pace of relocations under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) in line with the military drawdown. Since 1 June 572 people, former Afghan locally employed staff and their families, have been relocated to the UK. The MOD is working with the Home Office and a range of Government departments to ensure their successful resettlement.

This now takes the total number of people from Afghanistan relocated to the UK under the ARAP and the previous Ex-Gratia Policy to nearly 2,000.

Unfortunately for operational security reasons we cannot at this time comment on specific numbers of applications.

Our commitment to those who are eligible under the ARAP, and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure beyond the military presence in Afghanistan.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much public money has been spent in support of soldiers going through inquest or criminal proceedings in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

It is taking time to collate the information needed to answer the hon. Member's question. I will write to him when it is available, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on legal aid to (a) veterans and (b) serving personnel in relation to Troubles prosecutions and incidents in each of the last five years.

It is taking time to collate the information needed to answer the hon. Member's question. I will write to him when it is available, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much legal aid has been allocated to Northern Ireland law firms (a) KRW Law and (b) Madden and Finucane in each of the last five years.

KRW Law were offered a legal aid contract which allowed them to represent families of the victims at the inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Our thoughts are with the families of those who died during this horrific attack.

Legal aid is available for inquests in exceptional cases, which is why we funded the families throughout this inquest.

While our review of legal aid showed that legal representation is not necessary for the vast majority of inquests, we are making a number of changes to ensure there is more support for bereaved families.

Payments by the Legal Aid Agency to KRW Law during the last five years are broken down as below. Note that legal aid costs are paid in arrears, therefore payments may be made in a different year to that in which services were provided:

Year

Amount

2021

£62,892.84

2020

£91,622.03

2019

Nil

2018

Nil

2017

Nil

No legal aid has been allocated to Madden and Finucane in any of the last five years.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether money has been disbursed from the public purse to Madden and Finucane Solicitors for any purpose in each of the last five years.

The UK Government does not hold this information as Justice and legal aid is devolved in Northern Ireland. The Legal Services Agency, an executive agency sponsored by the Northern Ireland Department of Justice, administers the provision of legal aid in Northern Ireland. The total payments made from the legal aid fund to barristers and solicitors' practices have not been published since 2015.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)