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Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineering (26 Mar 2015)

Peter Luff: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by his Department to encourage more young people to obtain qualifications leading to careers in engineering.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineering (26 Mar 2015)

Peter Luff: I welcome that very positive response from the Minister. However, given that continuing shortages of engineering apprentices and graduates will cost the economy as much as £27 billion a year in lost output, undermine our competitiveness and threaten our security, can he think of better words to inspire a new generation of young men and women to become engineers than those of the railway...

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

Peter Luff: I genuinely want this to be a bipartisan debate, but could the hon. Gentleman clarify the shadow Chancellor’s comments in The Times on Tuesday this week, when he stated that his party would go “nowhere near the huge scale of defence cuts you are going to see under the Conservatives”? Does that mean that Labour will commit to at least the 1%-plus real-terms-equivalent budget increase?

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

Peter Luff: May I clarify one important point of detail? Early-day motion 757 as originally printed referred to a 20% target. Desirable as that would be, it was a mistake. I think 2% will do for the time being.

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

Peter Luff: As for others who have spoken in this debate, it is likely that this will be my last debate in Parliament. I am glad that it is on defence—the defining purpose of the state and of Parliament. I will seek not to repeat what others have said, but I want to say this. We have no more important role than to keep those who elect us safe from our enemies. This view is not as popular as it was....

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

Peter Luff: I could not agree with the hon. Gentleman more strongly. That is the precise figure that I have in mind for the level of resources from the defence budget that should be spent on S and T. It was 2.6% under the previous Government, but it declined under them to 1.2%. The White Paper on technology put a floor under it of 1.2%. It is far too low a floor, and what is more, as defence budgets have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (2 Mar 2015)

Peter Luff: The excellent new curriculums for computing and for design and technology can do much to inspire young people to take up STEM subjects, but further to the Minister’s last answer, can he reassure me that we recruit enough teachers to teach these important subjects?

Isil: Strategic Defence and Security Review (23 Feb 2015)

Peter Luff: What budgetary assumptions he is making to inform the strategic defence and security review.

Isil: Strategic Defence and Security Review (23 Feb 2015)

Peter Luff: Does the Secretary of State agree that all the major parties in the coming election should commit to a real-terms increase in the defence budget and to the 2% NATO target, because only that way can we hope to keep our nation safe in an increasingly hostile and menacing world?

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 Feb 2015)

Peter Luff: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech, and I am sorry to intervene on him yet again. Does he share my concern about the performance of BT Openreach, whose spectacular failure to connect houses in the new development at The Orchards in Evesham has appalled me? Many other such houses are occupied but still have no broadband connection. Has the time come for us to consider the legal...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 14 — Expenditure of Greater London Authority on housing or regeneration (26 Jan 2015)

Peter Luff: Let me begin by drawing attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am encouraged by what the Minister is saying. I was attracted to new clause 16, but I think that his compromise —or alternative—proposals have their attractions as well. He said earlier that secondary legislation would be introduced at the earliest opportunity. Will that happen during this...

Yemen (21 Jan 2015)

Peter Luff: Mr Speaker, there is a considerable irony in the fact that this debate on the crisis in Yemen comes immediately after your welcome statement on the British experience of the rule of law and democracy. What financial assistance are the Government providing to help stabilise Yemen?

Points of Order (21 Jan 2015)

Peter Luff: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I thank you for those kind words and express my own appreciation to you and to the Lord Speaker for your enthusiastic endorsement of the whole “Parliament in the Making” programme? May I also endorse what you said about my colleagues on the Speakers' advisory group and, above all, the energetic team, led by Caterina Loriggio, who are working so hard to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (5 Jan 2015)

Peter Luff: I listened carefully to the Home Secretary’s earlier answers on immigration, but may I ask her to ensure that efforts to curb immigration will not harm our higher education system or deny British businesses access to skills that they can find only internationally as a result of any new restrictions on visas for graduates at British universities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Dec 2014)

Peter Luff: Droitwich Spa boxing academy, run entirely by volunteers, trains talented boxers and provides a highly valued community resource, turning round the lives of many disruptive and troubled young people. It is a shining example of the big society. Does the Prime Minister understand my deep concern that the blinkered decision of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to insist on a draconian...

Isil: Topical Questions (24 Nov 2014)

Peter Luff: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for this unexpected boon. As he prepares for next year’s SDSR, may I commend my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary on the merits of an open and inclusive process that maximises the involvement of the public, Parliament, industry and academics?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (Female Pupils) (27 Oct 2014)

Peter Luff: My right hon. Friend will be aware that, in the UK, we have the lowest participation rate of women in engineering of any country in the European Union. She welcomes “Sparks” and “Your Life” but, in that context, will she welcome tomorrow’s engineers week, which is next week? It aims to change perceptions of engineering, particularly among young ladies in the 11 to 14 age group?

Isil: Type 26 Frigates (20 Oct 2014)

Peter Luff: Names matter, but so do numbers. Can the Minister assure us that at least 13 of these fine ships will be built for the Royal Navy?

North Cotswold Line (17 Oct 2014)

Peter Luff: I thank the Minister for the encouraging tone of her remarks in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr Walker). Could the passenger journey time improvement fund be used for minor infrastructure works to further enhance journey times now, ahead of the major changes?

North Cotswold Line (17 Oct 2014)

Peter Luff: I thank my hon. Friend for the kind things he says about me. I congratulate him on how he is speaking in this important debate and associate myself with everything he has said. On the question of regularity, does he understand my gratitude to the House of Commons for not having a Division at 2.30 pm, which means that I can catch the 15.52 home rather than waiting an hour and a half for the 17.22?

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