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Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Postal Services (19 Feb 2018)

James Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what security measures her Department has in place relating to the receipt by her Department of incoming post and parcels; and what discussions she has had with the British Forces Postal Office on providing such services.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Remedial Fire Safety Work (22 Jan 2018)

James Gray: Grenfell Tower is seared in all our memories, and of course we must do whatever we can. I very much agree with what was said by the hon. Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock)—I hope I can call her my hon. Friend—but am I not right in thinking that if a local authority runs out of funds for fire protection measures, a trigger mechanism allows them to spend more, beyond...

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

James Gray: It is perfectly reasonable that the Secretary of State cannot say much until the national security capability review has been completed, so when will that be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

James Gray: I strongly support the Minister’s ambition to encourage more BAME people and women to join the armed forces, but what has led him to the conclusion that the new advertising campaign to which he alluded a moment ago, which is rather less than robust in my view, will be any more successful in doing that than the good old-fashioned “Be the Best”?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: I am glad to hear that the Minister is taking the capability review so seriously. I want to ask one simple question. If the review comes to the conclusion that more defence spending is required, where will that extra money come from?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: The hon. Gentleman seems to imply that there is some plot or conspiracy involved in splitting up the security and defence parts of the review. If that is the case, I strongly welcome it, because that means there is a much greater chance that the defence budget will not be cut. If the two parts are announced together next week, the extra spend—on cyber, for example—will come...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: As chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the armed forces, I want to put on the record how much I appreciate the hon. Lady’s chairmanship of its Royal Navy and Royal Marines section, as well as the chairmanship of the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) of its RAF section. I want to thank them for it.

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: Rarely in debates in this Chamber can the fourth speaker have been faced with such a major challenge as mine in following three such well informed, all-encompassing, brilliant speeches as those of the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker), my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) and now the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis), who knows what he is...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: My right hon. Friend is making an extremely important point about the whole structure of decision making within the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. Does he agree that he has not yet mentioned a very important element in that, namely Ministers? He has not yet discussed Ministers’ role in considering the strategy of the nation. Is it not particularly interesting that when Sir...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

James Gray: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on this debate and on his speech, with every single word of which the whole House would agree. We also could not possibly disagree with the motion, with one exception. It is exceptionally disappointing that he calls for defence expenditure to be maintained “at current levels”. Actually, defence expenditure should be increased quite substantially,...

Luton Airport Expansion (9 Jan 2018)

James Gray: You are not giving way. You have completed your remarks.

Luton Airport Expansion (9 Jan 2018)

James Gray: I was about to say that by agreement with the hon. Gentleman and the Minister, both of whom have been informed, I call—the hon. Gentleman does not—Mrs Anne Main.

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

James Gray: If hon. Members wish to speak, they ought to stand up. If they do not stand up, I will not call them—but I call Tracy Brabin.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Fire Services: Collaboration (8 Jan 2018)

James Gray: Like my hon. Friend the Member for South Dorset (Richard Drax), I was very uneasy about the amalgamation of the Wiltshire fire service and the Dorset fire service last year. Does my hon. Friend the Minister not agree that it makes subsequent co-operation with the ambulance service or the local authority very much more difficult? Is their amalgamation irreversible, and if so, what will he do...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Arctic (21 Dec 2017)

James Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from Arctic Indigenous peoples on his proposed revised Arctic Policy Framework.

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

James Gray: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Blue Belt programme for marine protection. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. You and I share a birthday, 7 November, although we were not born in the same year. Thank you for undertaking to chair this debate. I am told that Sir David Attenborough’s one great regret in life is that he has not done enough to...

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

James Gray: I will be glad to do so. I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for bringing the group to my notice, although I do have one caveat, which I will come to later. The important point about Brexit is that it must not mean a lessening of any of the environmental standards in our oceans. Her Majesty’s Government must commit to ensuring that they are all higher than would have been the case...

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

James Gray: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing that to my notice. In his short time in the House so far, he has been assiduous in championing the interests of the oceans off his own constituency and elsewhere around the world. I am most grateful to him for that. If I may, I will come back to the Sky television programme in a moment. There is more to be done. For example, there are—I...

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

James Gray: That is a matter that needs to be discussed, and it will be interesting to hear how the Minister responds to that point later in the debate. Of course it would be possible for the two fishery vessels to continue to do their scientific research there at the same time as there being full protection, but we have already got full protection of those waters under the long-standing MPA that is...

Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protected Areas (19 Dec 2017)

James Gray: My right hon. Friend, who knows a great deal about these matters, makes two points. One is that there will be some interference with the krill fishing, which has not actually occurred for many years. That is not one of our concerns: there is no such fishing, therefore it is not something we would necessarily be concerned about. His second point is that we might somehow be sacrificing the...


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