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Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Falkland Islands Defence Review (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: May I welcome the statement and endorse the Government’s emphasis on prevention rather than cure, which is surely the right approach? The Secretary of State will be aware of a great deal of speculation about a renewed aerial threat from Argentina in the light of Russian involvement, as referred to by the shadow Defence Secretary. Is he confident that we have enough air defence assets, so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Committee on Standards (Reports) (17 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: I, too, have served on the Committee on Standards in the second half of this Parliament. I found the Committee very different from its predecessor, on which I had served in the previous Parliament. In no small part, the difference was the arrival in our midst of the three lay members. I join the tributes to them that other Members have expressed. They have brought a wealth of relevant...

Tourism Industry and VAT — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: With five visits being made outwards from the UK for every two incoming visits, would there not be an additional benefit, of improving the balance of trade?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Defence Spending (12 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: I start by apologising because, as I explained to Mr Speaker, a long-standing engagement elsewhere, and an almost as long-standing train reservation, mean that I will have to depart almost as soon as I have spoken, but I am grateful for the opportunity briefly to do so. This has been an excellent debate marked by contributions from colleagues who are leaving the House and will be deeply...

Business of the House: Ebola (12 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: I welcome the statement, commend the work of all those combating the crisis, and echo the good wishes to the British military in its work of flying personnel home for emergency treatment at the Royal Free hospital. The Secretary of State mentioned the figure of 12,000 orphans created during the crisis, which is probably a vast underestimate, particularly in the rural areas. There will be so...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: This problem has grown up over several decades. It is not something which has sprung up under this coalition, nor even under the last Labour Government. It has come on over a period of decades—since the second world war, really—and I am delighted that this Government, and the two parties represented in this Government, have committed themselves to a new funding formula to be implemented...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

Nick Harvey: There will be a continued period of tough public finance and that undoubtedly makes it even more difficult to perform these sorts of adjustment, but it is vital that these changes take place, and to have the confidence to do that we need to get them right and ensure that sparsity actually means something and does not have a completely perverse set of effects, as it does at the moment, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Service Personnel (Ukraine) (25 Feb 2015)

Nick Harvey: I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement. These are proportionate and sensibly judged measures for us to take. We are good at this sort of thing and as we have been asked to help it is only right that we should do so. Let us not exaggerate the scale of what we are doing, however. The idea that 75 trainers will lead to creep into a mission in an area the size of France is clearly far...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2015)

Nick Harvey: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2015)

Nick Harvey: In the past couple of days, a number of Devon and Cornwall hospitals have declared black alert status, meaning, essentially, that they are full and cannot cope with any more demand. Do Ministers therefore understand the public concern that the clinical commissioning group is considering closing beds in community hospitals, including Ilfracombe and South Molton in my constituency? Can anything...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Equipment Plan (23 Feb 2015)

Nick Harvey: May I echo the warm welcome for the signing on Friday of the demonstration contract on Type 26? But are the original assumptions from the 2010 strategic defence and security review still valid, or has anything significant changed?

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (2 Feb 2015)

Nick Harvey: I shall not detain the House for more than a few minutes. I welcome and support the Bill so far as it goes, but, like others who have spoken, I believe it could go further. I welcome the work of the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces in recent years and applaud what she has done within the remit she has been given. I welcome the reports she has issued, and the Government are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (26 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: The Government have rightly tackled the long-standing chaos in the Child Support Agency, but attracted controversy with their new 4% admin charge on struggling parents with care when the other parent is not stepping up to the plate. What assessment have the Government made of the big drop-off in the number of parents using the Child Maintenance Service? Are absent parents magically paying up...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: I feel I must correct the historical record. In the summer of 2010, a value-for-money study on the successor programme concluded that savings could be made by slipping the time scale slightly. This was not something the Liberal Democrats demanded, although it was something we welcomed. It had the happy consequence of moving maingate into the next Parliament, but it was not something we...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: The decision to procure the existing Trident nuclear system was taken in 1980. My starting point is that the world has changed a very great deal since then. Back then, we were at the height of the cold war. We had a known nuclear adversary that had the capability to strike us and had stated its willingness, if provoked, to do so. We, in turn, felt that it was absolutely essential that we had...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: As I have said, it was something that we calibrated to be our need in 1980. If one casts one’s mind back to 1980, one will see that our conventional defences were very much greater than they are today. The scale of the nuclear deterrent that we mounted at that time was a relatively small proportion of a large defence, but what we are considering now, as we look forward to the next 30 or 40...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: I will come on to talk about the implications and the consequences of using nuclear weapons, but—although the hon. Gentleman is right to say that the security situation in and around Ukraine deteriorated rapidly—I do not accept for one moment that anything that has happened there makes the prospect of nuclear conflict between ourselves and Russia any more likely than it was before all...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: I am making absolutely no attempt to predict the future; I am talking about the threat that I believe we face now at this point in time. For another nation sate to be taken seriously as a nuclear adversary, it needs a combination of capability and intent. Although it is certainly the case that the Russians and many others have the capability to strike us with a nuclear weapon, I do not...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: I am going to make some progress and I will take another intervention in a little while. Our defences have seen round after round of cuts as the financial situation has deteriorated, and later this year we face the gloomy prospect of the whole thing happening all over again. Whatever the outcome of the election, there will be a strategic defence and security review this summer and a...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Nick Harvey: I was taking the lifetime of the submarines as being more like 25 to 30 years. If we operate them for 25 years at almost £3 billion, that would take us into the realms of £75 billion plus the building and decommissioning costs, which would certainly take us over £100 billion very quickly indeed. I would have thought that, in reality, it will cost a great deal more than that. We know that...


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