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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Pakistan/Afghanistan (12 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: In view of the attacks on the supply route, is the Secretary of State considering acquiring new C-17 or C-130 aircraft, and if he is, will they be funded from the contingency reserve?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: Does the Foreign Secretary accept that while most of life is a matter of varying shades of grey, it is a black and white matter that Hamas is a terrorist organisation which sets out to kill civilians? My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) talked about "a glimmer of hope". Is there any glimmer of hope that Hamas could be persuaded to stop its...

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: In some of the interventions that have been made so far, it has almost been suggested that history began in 2003—yet before that time, the number of people who were being killed in Iraq was absolutely horrific. The story of 2,000 villages being wiped out in 1988 by the use of chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein is something that cannot just be ignored by this House. Admittedly, it was not...

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: Does the hon. Gentleman believe that the naval troops should be withdrawn?

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: That is indeed correct, but what then is the difference between them and the Army troops who have been there training the Iraqi army with the consent of the Iraqi Defence Ministry?

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: I never thought in 1984, when I stood for Parliament against the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd), that it would give me such pleasure to follow a speech of hers on a subject such as this. I found it extremely moving. The optimism that we are now expressing in relation to Iraq may well mean that her role as special envoy on human rights is no longer needed, and there could be...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: I am, and I am proud to be, the chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel. The hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Singh) said that Hamas must bear some share of the blame. I will read to the House what the Egyptian Foreign Minister said a couple of weeks ago: "The Israelis have been warning you that this was coming if you continue your cross border rocket attacks. Egypt has been imploring...

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: Some of my hon. Friends are saying that it will reduce it, but I really do not know. All that I can say is that the awful carnage can stop, but there is no point in a mere ceasefire if it merely creates a temporary lull. If we go back to the constant cycle of Israel leaving Gaza, Hamas rearming, Hamas killing Israeli civilians so that Israelis live in constant fear and Israel going back into...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (19 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has offered any assistance to the authorities of Pakistan in connection with the investigation of the killing of Major-General Faisal Alawi.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (19 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held discussions with the authorities of Pakistan on the death of Major-General Faisal Alawi.

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: This is an extremely interesting subject, but should a distinction not be drawn between the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence? Members of the armed services who go in for decompression do so within their units. Because they are part of a group, that is part of the decompression. The same does not necessarily apply to Foreign Office personnel. There are very distinct types of...

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Gerrard), who made an extremely congenial neighbour when I was Member of Parliament for Wanstead and Woodford. He made some valid points. I will sit down before 10 minutes to 5 in order to give other right hon. and hon. Members the opportunity to speak, because I get a fair crack of the whip in these debates. I have to start by...

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: I will give way on this point, but I shall claim an extra minute.

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend will understand if I say that I hope that will not happen. By and large, my constituents moved to their houses well after RAF Odiham was set up—it was opened in 1937 by, interestingly, the chief of the Luftwaffe, General Erhard Milch. That may be why I get no more than one complaint a year from my constituents. I suspect that the same would not be true if the Chinooks...

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: So my hon. Friend really does not need the Chinooks, does he?

Business of the House: Armed Forces Personnel (29 Jan 2009)

James Arbuthnot: I ask my hon. Friend to comment on the announcement that Radio 4 has just made that the Ministry of Defence plans to put a 15 per cent. cap on the number of foreign nationals in the Royal Logistics Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. I hope that the Minister will have time to comment on that, because it seems strange that the story should be on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Afghanistan (Troop Deployment) (23 Feb 2009)

James Arbuthnot: I agree with the Secretary of State that there is a cross-party consensus in this House on the need to be in Afghanistan, but what can he do to inspire the country to believe that this is our battle, and something in which we must succeed? At the moment, that battle of communication is not being won.

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Members: Correspondence (11 Mar 2009)

James Arbuthnot: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for North East Hampshire of 10 June 2008 on a constituent, Mr Richard Stevens.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (12 Mar 2009)

James Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the proposed timetable is for implementation of proposals arising from the review of the private rented housing sector.


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