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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: National Security Capability Review (27 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: I, too, welcome the Secretary of State to his new role and wish him all the best for the future, whatever challenges may now await him. I reiterate the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray), and echoed by the Secretary of State, that the defence of the realm is the first duty of Government, above all others. Does he agree that our history as a nation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (27 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: The Secretary of State has had a foretaste from both sides of the House today of the furore that is likely to follow if HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark are deleted from the inventory. May I humbly suggest that, given the relatively small saving that that would represent, the game is simply not worth the candle?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: This situation has evolved over a number of years, and it continues to do so. I do not want to introduce too much of a partisan element into the debate, but I want to give an example of how the situation has changed over the past few years. When we debated the Lisbon treaty in this House in 2008—something that I was actively involved in at the time—the policy of the then Labour...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: It is. The then Labour Government said that they had a protocol that specifically ruled that out. That is how much things have changed.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: My constituents voted overwhelmingly, by 67%, to leave—there were variations around the country. I am listening carefully to the hon. Lady’s speech, but is she seriously suggesting that the main reason most of her 75% voted to remain was the charter of fundamental rights?

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: Mr Gray, I am grateful to be called in this important debate, which relates to one of the most important capabilities in our military armoury: amphibiosity. I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on introducing the debate so well. We are really here today because of the strong rumours that the Ministry of Defence is considering deleting the landing platform...

UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: I believe they are extremely good value for money and extremely capable, but this still brings us back to the problem of the naval TLB. As the previous Secretary of State was keen to stress, we have a rising defence budget, which is due to go up 0.5% each year in excess of inflation. That being the case, some of that uplift in the budget should be earmarked to the naval TLB, in order to ease...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: The hon. Lady has mentioned Tornado twice, including the valuable role it has played in Op Shader. It remains a potent combat aircraft, even today. Does she agree that when the Tornado retires from service in 2019 we should keep some as a war reserve, and that British industry has the skills and capability to support that?

University of Essex (2 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: I declare an interest: I went to Bristol—I am sorry about that. As an MP from the south of the county, may I confirm to my hon. Friend that the reach of the university goes across the entire county and indeed beyond? In the south of Essex, we greatly value the economic contribution that the university makes to the life of our county.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: In the interests of clarity and transparency, what exactly is the Labour party’s policy now on remaining in the customs union after March 2019?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: In my speech, I gave figures about recruiting targets for the reserves and explained where we currently stand, and I pointed out that we are ahead of target.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: This morning, along with 20 other MPs and peers, I attended a brief act of remembrance at the Guard’s Chapel in Wellington barracks, where we paid our respects to the fallen. I think that it is an underappreciated fact that over 30 Members of this House have themselves served in the armed forces, in either the regulars or the reserves, including myself, the Minister for the Armed Forces...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: Yes, I would like one day to see our new aircraft carrier, Queen Elizabeth, which is named after our wonderful Queen, captained by a woman. The MOD has been able to make much of female representation in media terms in order to show the career progression that is possible for female officers, but clearly it would be desirable to see female candidates reaching three-star rank or above in the...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: The hon. Gentleman’s researcher has clearly been on the ball. I know that in the United States service credit unions are far more advanced than here; there is a big movement in America. I for one would ask Ministers to look munificently on the hon. Gentleman’s point.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: Indeed, I think the Minister wants to intervene.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: We appear to have got some consensus there. In July 2013 the Government published a White Paper entitled “The Reserves in the Future Force 2020: valuable and valued”, which envisaged an ambitious revival and expansion of Britain’s reserve forces, under the heading of Future Reserves 2020, or FR2020. The roll-out of that programme was initially complicated by a combination of...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: The hon. Lady anticipates what I am about to say. I will come on to boilers in just a minute. Her point about acting to the spirit of the contract is well made, and I agree with her. The FCAS report states: “Satisfaction with most aspects of SFA fell markedly in 2016 due in part to underperformance by the National Housing prime contractor and changes to the SFA charging method in April...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: I cannot say what the AFPRB is going to recommend. In fairness, we will have to allow it to go through its deliberations and see what it concludes. However, given that the police have been given an increase above 1%, I am sure that there will be strong views in the armed forces about what should happen to them. But let us await the recommendation of the AFPRB. In conclusion, our armed forces,...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: Before the hon. Gentleman completely leaves Trident behind, is he aware that the Defence Committee recently took evidence from a group of senior academics who told us that it would be wrong to assume now that North Korea is incapable of reaching the United Kingdom with a thermonuclear warhead? In other words, they think that the North Koreans are already there, or extremely close to it. Given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Mark Francois: May I cheekily make a diary suggestion to the Prime Minister? If she could remain in the Chamber for just a few moments after questions, she will hear my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon) introduce the Armed Forces (Statute of Limitations) Bill, which would provide protection to those brave service personnel who served in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Like...


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