Results 1–20 of 404 for speaker:Rachel Squire

Business of the House (5 Apr 2005)

Rachel Squire: Can my right hon. Friend say whether there will still be an Adjournment debate on Thursday on defence in the UK?

Written Answers — Defence: Contract Prices (17 Mar 2005)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds his Department determines whether a contracted price is achievable without subsidy and without additional payments from the Department.

Written Answers — Defence: Naval Refit Contracts (14 Mar 2005)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the contracted price was for the refit package for HMS Richmond placed with FSL.

Written Answers — Defence: Naval Refit Contracts (10 Mar 2005)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the competition process for the contract for the repair of HMS Nottingham.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Aircraft Carriers (25 Oct 2004)

Rachel Squire: What commitment will my right hon. Friend give the work force at Rosyth that the dockyard will be awarded a major part of the construction and systems fitting on the future aircraft carrier, as a yard that stands out across the UK for delivering on cost, on time and to the highest standards?

UK Forces (Iraq) (21 Oct 2004)

Rachel Squire: As the Member for Dunfermline, which is the Black Watch's largest recruitment area, I had hoped, as had many of its families, that it would not be committed to an even more dangerous aspect of its current operations, especially as our US allies, despite having 121,000 more in their armed forces than we do, seem incapable or unwilling to deal with the situation. What commitment can the...

Clause 1 — Pension and compensation schemes: armed and reserve forces (20 Oct 2004)

Rachel Squire: The Defence Committee sees the amendment as contentious, and I understand that it was passed in the other place by only one vote. The amendment would have a retrospective effect. Before 1978, service personnel were unable to accrue pension entitlements for widows or widowers except when marriage occurred before or during service. The amendment would extend the right to a widow's pension to...

Clause 1 — Pension and compensation schemes: armed and reserve forces (20 Oct 2004)

Rachel Squire: I rise to speak on behalf of the Select Committee on Defence. The Chairman sends his apologies as the Committee had a prior commitment to take evidence on another issue this afternoon. I should declare that I am the honorary vice-president of the Dunfermline branch of the Royal British Legion, Scotland. That means that I take considerable personal interest in pension and compensation...

Clause 1 — Pension and compensation schemes: armed and reserve forces (20 Oct 2004)

Rachel Squire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. Indeed, we need further detailed consideration of where money is being taken from to benefit other developments. In the Lords, it was suggested that to maintain the status quo would cost an additional £200 million. According to the Government, as we have just heard, it is more likely that it would cost £300 million over a 10-year period. All...

Strategic Defence Strategy (Scotland) (15 Sep 2004)

Rachel Squire: I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for North Tayside (Pete Wishart) on securing this important debate. It is usual parliamentary practice for the parties to engage in political point-scoring, but I do not intend to do so because I want to use this time to emphasise to the Secretary of State for Defence the strength of feeling that I have observed among all ranks of serving and retired...

Strategic Defence Strategy (Scotland) (15 Sep 2004)

Rachel Squire: I certainly agree on the strong importance of RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Kinloss not only to the RAF, but to the local communities and their future. I hope that the Secretary of State for Defence, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet will listen to the views and widespread concern, and recognise that they need to—I shall use that very Scottish phrase—"go back and think again" and consult...

Written Answers — Defence: Future Role of Crombie (1 Sep 2004)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the completion date for the study on the Future Role of Crombie will be; and what the date will be of the announcement of the outcome of the study.

Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities (21 Jul 2004)

Rachel Squire: Once again, I very much welcome the award of the work on HMS Edinburgh and HMS Walney to Rosyth dockyard—purely on the basis of much deserved merit—earlier this week. But I should greatly welcome a full and independent investigation into whether a competitive level playing field has existed between the two yards. Does my right hon. Friend agree that in terms of the tremendous asset,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Rosyth Dockyard (19 Jul 2004)

Rachel Squire: If he will make a statement on the future of Rosyth dockyard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Rosyth Dockyard (19 Jul 2004)

Rachel Squire: I sincerely thank my right hon. Friend for giving such excellent news to Rosyth and to Scotland, and for praising the Rosyth work force, who stand out for delivering ships at or below cost, on or before time and to the highest standards. Does he agree that the UK's defence industrial base will benefit from maintaining Rosyth's naval and maritime skills in the lead-up to its playing a major...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing (25 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: Does my right hon. Friend agree that naval and maritime work at Rosyth dockyard, the Clyde yards and elsewhere in Scotland represents a core part of Scotland's manufacturing skills? Does he also agree that work on the current naval fleet and on the future aircraft carriers is vital in securing a future for Rosyth and elsewhere? Will he use his full persuasive powers to ensure that Rosyth and...

Armed Forces Personnel (13 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Armed Forces Personnel (13 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: I begin by presenting the apologies of the Chairman of the Defence Select Committee, who is unable to be here today. People are the armed forces' most important asset. However much the technology of military operations may have advanced in recent years, it is on the professionalism, training and individual courage of service men and women that their effective conduct depends. I want to begin...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill: Schedule 3 — Repeals (6 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: I shall be brief because many hon. Members wish to speak. The Bill has been the focus of much attention from hon. Members and constituents, who have a commitment to and high regard for the standards and professionalism of our armed forces. They are also committed to providing one of the best possible schemes for pensions and compensation for former and current personnel. From the Bill's...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill: New Clause 4 — Full Career Pensions (6 May 2004)

Rachel Squire: I welcome the details that the Government have provided on the early departure scheme since the Select Committee produced its report and since our Second Reading debate. I was not on the Standing Committee, so I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Minister a couple of brief questions. First, given that the early departure scheme will not attract index linking to inflation, how does...


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