Results 1–20 of 4485 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Michael Fallon

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Michael Fallon: I rise briefly to support the Bill and to congratulate my right hon. and hon. Friends on its successful passage, which I hope the House will support in a few minutes’ time. As my right hon. Friend the Minister said, this is a modest Bill, but sometimes the smaller steps are the most important. Like him, I too believe that in time the Bill—soon an Act, I hope—will be seen to...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Michael Fallon: It is definitely worth pursuing, but we need then to focus particularly on women who have left the armed forces and look at further ways of encouraging them to rejoin at a later stage of their lives or careers. Secondly, women and recruits from the black and ethnic minorities still need more role models: it is not just about seeing other women or other members of the black and Asian...

Taliban and is/Daesh Attacks: Afghanistan (29 Jan 2018)

Michael Fallon: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the tragic severity of these attacks underlines the threat that these terrorist groups continue to pose to the state of Afghanistan? There would be huge implications for western Europe, and indeed for us, if that very fragile democracy, which we have done so much to sustain, were allowed to collapse, and therefore however grim these attacks are, it is all...

Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

Michael Fallon: Is my right hon. Friend aware that he will have the support of the whole House if he manages to secure additional funding for the pressures this year and next, and then puts the defence budget on a more sustainable footing that allows our armed forces to tackle the increased threats that they face, without demoralising rumours of “deep cuts”? The words used here are interesting...

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Fallon: No one doubts the success of the national lottery. It is an enormous achievement and we should be very proud of it, but how do we know whether a quarter of a century further on it will continue to be as successful as it could be?

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Fallon: I hesitate to interrupt my hon. Friend so early in his speech, but before he leaves the issue of the national lottery, whether one admires Camelot or not, is not the real difficulty Camelot’s length of tenure as an operator? It becomes more and more difficult to know whether it is performing as well as possible. The metrics simply are not there due to the monopoly that it has enjoyed.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Michael Fallon: I hope to find an early opportunity to speak out on what is the right level of defence spending to meet the threats that our country faces, and to do so more freely than the constraints of government allowed, but today I want to focus on the Budget before us. It is the first Budget of this Brexit Parliament, and I warmly welcome it. It is extraordinary that we still have no answers from...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Michael Fallon: I certainly recognise that, and it is important for these matters to be approached internationally. Our constituents do, of course, benefit from the greater convenience and efficiency that digital retailers provide, but it cannot be right for our high streets, small shops and local businesses to bear all the pain of local rates while giants such as Amazon pay rates on a handful of warehouses....

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Michael Fallon: I echo that tribute. I should like that example of share options to be followed much more widely. Let us incentivise our companies, with a lower tax rate, to offer free shares to all their employees. Finally, let me say something about exports. Our constituents benefit, of course, from cheap imported goods, but we are now importing far more than we export. We have run deficits of more than...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Michael Fallon: It is 2.16%.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Michael Fallon: More money.

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. We have the best armed forces in the world. From their service in Afghanistan, and their support to the coalition to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, to being at the forefront of the humanitarian response to hurricane Irma, their courage and professionalism are renowned the world over. We are investing some £18 billion a year in new...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: The armed forces continue to meet what are called the harmony guidelines and we have stabilised the size of the armed forces—the hon. Gentleman referred to reductions—but I also recognise that we are asking ever more of our armed forces each successive year, with the deployments in different parts of the world. The 2015 strategic defence and security review committed us to an...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: The hon. Lady anticipates my speech, as I will be coming on to that. If I do not do so adequately, I am sure she will have the chance to intervene again. More flexible working than we have at present would help alleviate some of the strain people face at critical times in their career, whether because of family responsibilities, caring needs, or a desire to pursue further educational...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: We are addressing the important issue of service families’ accommodation, with various new arrangements for ensuring that they have improved accommodation. We are also putting a number of RAF personnel through the F-35 training programme. We have more than 100 personnel in the United States training up and learning how to support and maintain the F-35s, of which we have purchased more...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: I have made it clear that the Army faces a recruitment challenge as the economy continues to grow. The Army is about 95% recruited and I am told that Sandhurst places are now filled for the coming courses, but we need to do more. We need to continue to ask ourselves why we are not attracting some of the people we want to attract. Flexible working for the armed forces is principally about...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s concern, but there is nothing sinister about this. Different regiments recruit in different ways, and my understanding is that the data are not collated on a constituency basis. However, I would be very happy to have another look at that.

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: My hon. Friend has a great deal of experience in these matters. I know that when the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), winds up the debate, he will want to address that question about back-filling. This is not about making other members of a unit, a platoon or a section do more work to compensate. It is about arranging...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: Yes, this proposal has the support not only of the service chiefs but crucially of the service family federations. They, too, see the advantage in it. As I was saying, maintaining operational effectiveness is a red line. The Bill therefore also provides for the services to vary, suspend or terminate the new arrangements in circumstances to be prescribed in new regulations— for example,...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: No, I am just concluding. The Bill will not address all the challenges of recruiting and retaining personnel—it is not the silver bullet that the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) thought it might be—but we believe that it will pave the way, in modernising the armed forces, to better reflecting today’s lifestyles and aspirations while ensuring that...


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