Results 1–20 of 3147 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Francois

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Mark Francois: I very much welcome this statement, in which the Secretary of State mentioned the Typhoon. From memory, we are contracted to buy about 160 across three tranches. When the older tranche 1 aircraft retire, rather than sell them off, will he consider keeping them as a war reserve to provide mass for our Royal Air Force if we are ever involved in a peer-on-peer conflict?

Business of the House: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2019 and appropriation of that sum (9 Jul 2018)

Mark Francois: I apologise for intervening because, characteristically, my hon. Friend is making a very good speech. We serve together on the Defence Committee, which is now looking into this matter. We heard at today’s Defence questions that the Ministry of Defence is now looking into this matter, too. Does he agree that we are not going to give up on this? We are going to keep coming back debate...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Mark Francois: The Brexit Secretary has unfortunately resigned. He, at least in theory, was leading our negotiations with the European Union. For months, his Department had been working on a detailed White Paper, but that was not presented to the Cabinet at Chequers; it was presented with a different plan. I echo the call made earlier by my hon. Friend the Member for Harwich and North Essex (Sir Bernard...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this very important debate. I note that, by rough count, there are some 50 Members in the Chamber this evening, which shows the strength of feeling on this issue. I am also pleased to see the Secretary of State for Defence in his place on the Front Bench. The Defence Committee, on which my hon. Friend and I both serve, has now agreed to look into this...

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: Some months ago, when I visited Airbus at Broughton, I was briefed in detail about its considerable investment in both capital and skills for specialised wing work. Is it not a fact that it would be extremely expensive for Airbus if it were ever to contemplate trying to relocate that work, be it to Hamburg or Toulouse?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: For the record, they are both great movies. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon). She always speaks on these matters with great common sense, and her speech this afternoon is no exception. In March 2018, the Defence Committee paid a visit to the United States of America, as part of which we held meetings in the Pentagon and the State Department, with some of our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: My right hon. Friend is right about that, and it is no mistake that NATO’s centre of excellence on cyber-warfare is now located in Estonia. As I was saying, such an attack would no doubt be accompanied by a considerable disinformation campaign, the widespread employment of deception and fake news, and quite possibly the appearance of large numbers of “little green men”, as...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. In fairness, I understand that the Secretary of State is looking into what can be done on legacy investigations. Secondly, NATO needs to improve its logistics and its ability to move assets, including heavy armour, to the Baltics in a timely manner. The UK has expressed particular interest in one of the 17 EU projects under PESCO—the permanent...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, given the circumstances that he has outlined so clearly, there is an even greater responsibility on us in the United Kingdom to try to up our spending to show the Americans that some of the Europeans are playing the game?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: I do not know whether the House is aware, but I was born in the constituency of the right hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn), so I ask the hon. Lady: if the right hon. Gentleman were to become Prime Minister, would it be his intention to declare our nuclear deterrent to NATO as it is currently declared?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: I see that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is no longer with us, but it will not have escaped his notice that this is a very well attended debate. When the Defence Secretary gave evidence to the Select Committee on Defence, he told us it would take 90 days to mobilise our war-fighting division and deploy it to the Baltic states in an emergency. Can he give the House any reassurance that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: At the second time of asking, Question 7, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Armed Forces Veterans: Legacy Investigations (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on legacy investigations into the conduct of armed forces veterans in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Armed Forces Veterans: Legacy Investigations (20 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: This House knows that, were it not for the bravery of the British Army, the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, George Cross, there would never have been a Good Friday agreement. Yet the Secretary of State's proposals include legacy investigations into veterans—in some cases going back 50 years. Will she agree to give evidence to the Defence Committee inquiry into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: I warmly endorse the Secretary of State’s tribute to the Chief of the Defence Staff, but Sir Stuart Peach did say last week that he was deeply uncomfortable about the process of legacy investigations into veterans. I understand that several years ago, the Ministry of Defence did a lot of detailed staff work into the practicability of the statute of limitations. Would the Secretary of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: At his valedictory address yesterday morning, the Chief of the Defence Staff said that he was very concerned about the growing practice of legacy investigations of British servicemen and veterans, often many years after the events in question. There is growing concern in the House about the prospect of brave servicemen being, effectively, scapegoated by others for political or financial gain....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (4 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: What steps he is taking to tackle knife crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (4 Jun 2018)

Mark Francois: Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the prevalence of knife crime in Essex over the past year. Some of it is associated with county lines drugs operations moving out into Essex from the capital. What action is the Home Secretary’s Department taking, in association with the Essex police, to fight this menace on our streets?

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

Mark Francois: I will briefly make three principal points. First, without the bravery and sacrifice of British troops—supported by the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC—there would never have been a peace process in Northern Ireland.


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