Wayne David: Paragraph 6 of chapter 1 of the White Paper states that “the UK recognises that the Single Market is built on a balance of rights and obligations, and that the UK cannot have all the benefits of membership of the Single Market without its obligations.” Are the Government prepared to discuss the possibility of making financial contributions for the privilege of having access to...
Wayne David: Will the Minister give way?
Wayne David: I thank my fellow Welshman for giving way. Does he think it is fair that we could be in a situation with the FSS ships where British companies will be competing with heavily subsidised companies from abroad? Is that a level playing field?
Wayne David: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Earlier, the Minister was adamant that there had been a British bid for the MARS tanker contract. That was not the case, and I wonder whether he would like to correct the record.
Wayne David: We on the Opposition Benches join the Secretary of State in offering our deep condolences to the family of Dawn Sturgess and express our full support for the police as they investigate this appalling incident. This morning, the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) published an important review titled “Growing the contribution of defence to UK prosperity”. The review was commissioned...
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the replacement for the Royal Air Force E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft.
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that the contract for the replacement of the Royal Air Force's E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft will be subject to a process of competitive tender.
Wayne David: We have had an excellent debate. Eighteen Members have spoken and there have been many constructive interventions. My apologies to the House if I fail to mention all the Members who have spoken. The debate has displayed a wide range of knowledge. Members have spoken with passion and sincerity. I am delighted that Plymouth has been mentioned. The debate has also been largely bipartisan in tone...
Wayne David: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Wayne David: rose—
Wayne David: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the EEA would become a viable option only if Britain were able to negotiate fundamental changes to the EEA agreement, which would be a huge challenge for the United Kingdom?
Wayne David: “Not affordable”, “not realistic”, “not complete”, “unbalanced” and “unmanageable”—those are some of the politer things that have been said about the Government’s equipment plan. The comments have been made not by the Government’s political opponents, but by the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit...
Wayne David: Has the Minister given any consideration at all, on a slightly longer time scale, to where the new Type 31s may be based?
Wayne David: Will the Minister give way?
Wayne David: I thank the Minister for his generosity. He talks about cuts, but I would argue that the position is not quite as he painted. Can I infer from what he has said that HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark are now safe?
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for his Department's decision to purchase F-35A aircraft for the Royal Air Force.
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its response to the Report on Child Migration Programmes published by the Independence Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on 1 March 2018.
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of integrating Stingray torpedoes onto the new Boeing P-8As.
Wayne David: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I will confine my remarks to Northern Ireland, as the hon. Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham) did. I congratulate him on securing this extremely important debate. As a young man, I well remember the horrific reports on the television about the troubles in Northern Ireland. At the height of the troubles, there...
Wayne David: The hon. Gentleman is obviously better aware of the situation in Northern Ireland than just about any Member here. I certainly concur with his remarks, and I hold in the highest possible esteem, as I said, the personnel of our armed forces and the commitment they showed. There were 3,260 deaths during the troubles. In 2006, the then Government established the Historical Enquiries Team to...