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Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Annington Homes (30 Sep 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, of the leases with Annington Homes that his Department ended in the last 12 months, how many were for homes of (a) military families (b) veterans.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Annington Homes (30 Sep 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many leases with Annington Homes are due to be ended in the next 12 months; and if he will publish the locations of those properties.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: Will the hon. Gentleman accept that this is a distinction not just between the armed forces serving overseas and civilians, but between armed forces serving overseas and armed forces serving and based in this country? To that extent, this legislation uniquely disadvantages the latter and reduces their rights.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I start by also paying tribute to the role, dedication and work of our armed forces. They face exceptional risks, give exceptional service and require exceptional skills. As we face as a nation a second covid crisis, they are likely to be called on again, more heavily, including overseas. I am pleased that we have come to the Commons debate on this legislation. I thank the Secretary of State...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: No, I am very clear that we want to and must protect our British troops against vexatious claims and repeat investigations. Important parts of the Bill are wrong; we can get them right and that is what I want to do. There has been a problem—I get that—arising especially from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the Secretary of State said. The al-Sweady inquiry chairman, when he...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I sincerely trust that the Government will rethink and will be prepared to rewrite parts of the Bill. If they do so, I think they will find broad consensus for some of the changes that could be made to the Bill to help protect our troops and protect Britain’s reputation worldwide at the same time.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I will come on to that matter in a moment, because the Bill does nothing for those troops who have served, as the hon. Gentleman describes, on the frontline overseas. It does nothing to deal with the past cases and the past problems.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I will give way one more time, then I will make some progress.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: In his typical way, the hon. Member puts his finger on an important point. He understates his argument, as there is more than just some concern; there are, for instance, according to the Royal British Legion, very clear grounds for concern that the provision breaches the armed forces covenant, and I will come on to that point. Let me deal with getting this problem, which does exist and must...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for conceding that I am making some valid points. His point is certainly valid, and it will be a point of central argument, probably in the debate today, but certainly as the Bill passes through both Houses. Let me return to the biggest problems in the Bill. Part 1, as the Secretary of State said, introduces what the Government have called their so-called...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for a very succinct and spot-on point, and I look forward to the contribution that I hope my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) will be able to make in the debate.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: The changes will give protections that are fit for the future. They will give protections that are required, and they will avoid parts of the Bill that at the moment put at a disadvantage in a unique fashion those British troops who serve overseas, which is why we argue that it breaches the armed forces covenant. To come back to the presumption against prosecution, in the explanatory notes...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: That is not worthy of the office of the Secretary of State for Defence. We are dealing with matters of torture, war crimes, MOD negligence, compensation for injured troops and compensation for the families who have lost their loved ones overseas. This is too important for party politics. It should be beneath the Secretary of State to reduce this to party politics. We on the Labour Benches...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The facts of the Bill are that it places torture and other war crimes on a different level to crimes of sexual violence. That is not embarrassing; that is unconscionable for a country with a proud record of upholding unequivocally the international conventions that we helped to draw up.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

John Healey: No, I will not at this point. Ministers must think again. No wonder that the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie, says that the Bill as it stands would be a stain on Britain’s standing in the world. Ministers must think again. They must remove torture and other war crimes from the Bill. There are better ways of protecting our troops and Britain’s good name. Part 2 creates a...

Defence: Armed Forces Capability: Future Security Threats (21 Sep 2020)

John Healey: May I start by paying tribute to the forces men and women who are working to help the country through the covid crisis? We may soon need to turn to them again, in the face of this renewed pandemic threat. On the integrated review, I recognise that the cycle of defence decisions does not match the cycle of political elections. Britain still benefits from the skills, technologies and...

Defence: Armed Forces Capability: Future Security Threats (21 Sep 2020)

John Healey: Of course, the Labour Government invested in defence at a higher rate each year than that of the previous 10 years, but the Secretary of State is right about the big aims and challenges. He has previously described the 2015 review as over-ambitious and underfunded, and to over-promise and under-deliver has become something of a hallmark of this Government, but that most recent review left...

Defence: Topical Questions (21 Sep 2020)

John Healey: The House is grateful to the Secretary of State for his impromptu statement. I wonder whether he could place the terms of reference for the Tom Kelly review in the House of Commons Library. Can he confirm this afternoon when he expects that review to be completed? Just 79 people were invited to yesterday’s battle of Britain commemoration inside Westminster Abbey, rather than the 2,200...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (7 Sep 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the defence and aerospace industry by his Department's contractors and sub-contractors in the constituency of (a) Durham North West, (b) Stockton North, (c) Blackpool North, and Cleveleys, (d) Burnley, (e) Hyndburn, (f) Pendle, (g) Ashfield, (h) Derby South, (i) Lincoln, (j) Loughborough, (k) Sherwood, and (l) Coventry...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (7 Sep 2020)

John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed in the defence and aerospace industry by his Department's contractors and sub-contractors in the constituency of (a) Wolverhampton North East, (b) South East Cambridgeshire, (c) Stevenage, (d) Portsmouth North, (e) Portsmouth South, (f) Filton and Bradley Stoke, (g) Alyn and Deeside, (h) Wrexham, (i) Torfaen, (j) Islwyn,...


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