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Exiting the European Union: Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland Border (15 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: May I make a plea to the Minister to recognise that this is about much more than just the movement of goods or services? This is about a cultural issue and the movement of people—it is about all of that. The symbolism is enormous and the Minister needs to ensure that that is recognised, time after time in all the talks she has, to reassure the people of both parts of Ireland.

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: As a strong advocate for the defence and security of our country, I am another one who supports the Prime Minister’s statement today. I would like to draw her attention to something she said in her statement that I would not want to get lost, which is that although our response must be robust it must also remain true to our values. As such, will she say, as I think she has already, not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: Shockingly, in 2017 in this country, 2,120 children were identified as potential victims of child slavery. I know of the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to tackling this issue, but surely we ought to have more data. We have no idea how many of those children go missing. We have no idea how many are deported. We have no idea how many are re-trafficked. In 2018, in this country, a...

Business of the House (8 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: Every year, 20,000 elephants are slaughtered simply for their ivory. When we can have a debate about the results of the consultation that finished a couple of months ago on the Government’s plans to ban the sale of ivory as soon as possible?

Water Supply Disruption (6 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: The reality for many thousands of people, including hundreds in my constituency in Arnold, Nottingham, was 24 hours without water and, in some circumstances, no access to bottled water. In particular, people had concerns about vulnerable customers. Can the Minister assure us that companies such as Severn Trent will now review their emergency plans so that such things cannot happen again? It...

Business of the House (1 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: In the light of the figures that many Members have received today from the Fire Brigades Union, may we have an urgent debate on the funding of the fire service, which has lost hundreds of millions of pounds of grant? In my constituency in Nottinghamshire, the fire service will lose 15% of its grant—some £2.8 million—over the next few years. That is unacceptable; it is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Emissions (1 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: What steps his Department is taking to reduce transport emissions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Emissions (1 Mar 2018)

Vernon Coaker: The Minister will know that 24% of all emissions are transport related. He will know there are hotspots across the country, including in my constituency, and thousands of people die prematurely as a result of poor air quality, including 61 people in my Gedling constituency. How does he intend to accelerate the progress and policy development he has outlined to us today?

Anti-Corruption Strategy: Illegal Wildlife Trade — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) on securing this important debate. I do not want to speak for long, but I felt it was important to make a short contribution to the debate. To be frank, I felt somewhat guilty that I have not spoken much on this issue in my time in Parliament. Like many...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: This House has received assurance after assurance from the Government that there will be no hard border in Ireland, so why did the Foreign Secretary write in his memo that there was the possibility of such a hard border coming about?

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: What the Minister has just said is very important. Will he confirm what he just said: that this modernisation of defence programme is not fiscally neutral?

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: The hon. Gentleman poses an interesting question. There was an SDSR in 2015, and the modernising defence programme, which will presumably have consequences, is going to be announced in the next few months. Just to be clear about what he is saying, is his argument that there should be another SDSR at the end of the five-year period in 2020 or before that?

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: The hon. Gentleman is right to point out the difficulties that we can get into when we rob Peter to pay Paul. The Defence Secretary recently told the Defence Committee, in discussing the £300 million needed to support the development of the at-sea nuclear deterrent and the critically important Dreadnought programme: “We have had to make sacrifices elsewhere in order to ensure that...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: You’ve got the job.

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: My hon. Friend makes a good point. If we do exactly what he says, we will be in a ludicrous position. We will be saying, “To facilitate scrapping Albion and Bulwark, we will modify our aircraft carriers,” which takes us into the realms of never-never land. What does that mean? We are not going to do a beach landing from an aircraft carrier. We might have a few more helicopters or...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: I want, first, to say something about spending and then to say a bit more about some of the points that can be made from the actual estimates. I think that that would help the defence debate. I will refer to historical defence spending but, whatever the rights and wrongs of that argument, let me say this: there is no disguising the fact that this country is not spending enough on the defence...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: There we go—that is the power of Parliament. That is the point I am making. We had the debate before and this was fiscally neutral. The original review—the national security and defence capability review, or whatever it was—was not set up by accident; the Government set it up, and defence was included in it. Parliament said that that was not acceptable, and the Government...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. That is the point of the debate on estimates days. For the Minister to be able to say that we will have the capabilities that we need to meet the threats that we will face, we need to be able to say how much those capabilities are going to cost. My hon. Friend raised the issue of frigates; I am using the example of the F-35s. Cannot the Minister go back...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: I will leave it there, but the Government need to have a better idea, and make it public to the Select Committee and Parliament, of the individual costs. I say gently to the Minister that, otherwise, in a year’s time or two years’ time, he will find himself in exactly the same place that the Government find themselves now, where the National Audit Office is pointing to various...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Vernon Coaker: My hon. Friend gives another good example. I have given the Minister a couple of examples, notwithstanding all the questions. I make a plea again to him and to the Government: when we know that the Government are considering their options on amphibious ships, please do not say to Parliament that these are things they cannot talk about and that the Government do not comment on leaks. That does...

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