Results 1–20 of 4188 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tobias Ellwood

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak today, Mr Bone. It is a real pleasure to be able to draw some thoughts and conclusions together on this important, interesting and timely debate. Like others, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh), who has shown passion and a detailed understanding not only of what is going on his constituency, but of the wider picture of...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I will not give way to the hon. Gentleman. He took far too much time—

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I will not give way to the hon. Gentleman. I have made that clear—

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: The hon. Member for Caerphilly (Wayne David) has successfully eaten into more of my time, so I think he had best remain seated. To get back to the point, we are all committed—I hope even the hon. Member for Caerphilly—to working hard for our armed forces and ensuring that they have the equipment they need and that we provide support for personnel. Yes, in politically difficult...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. He talks in great detail about what is going on in Plymouth, but I should make it clear, in case other hon. Members pick up on speculation about what may or may not be happening in the review, which I hope to elaborate on, that no decisions have been made at all. I know hon. Members will want to get things off their chest and share their...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: No decisions have been made.

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe, and to respond to this debate. I declare an interest, which is in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests: I am ex-Army and a lieutenant colonel in the reserves. I pay tribute to the other coastal towns that have been represented in the debate by the hon. Members for Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan) and for Plymouth,...

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I think there might be enough time for me to do so.

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I will not do what the Leader of the Opposition suggested when we came back to office after the general election, which was a knee-jerk removal of the 1% pay freeze. That was suggested in proposed amendments to the Queen’s Speech. I will work extremely hard to ensure that that ambition is fulfilled. If the hon. Member for Caerphilly recognises and reads what is happening this week,...

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I am going to do everything I can to make sure that we do our best to have the remuneration package that our armed forces deserve, but we have to bear in mind the context and the backdrop, which I have spelled out. There has to be fiscal recognition of the place we are in, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we should all work as hard as possible to make the case and ensure that...

Future of RAF Northolt (13 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this important debate, Mr Howarth; I congratulate the hon. Member for Harrow West (Gareth Thomas) on securing it. I have prepared some remarks in response to where I think he would like me to go, but I will write to him in due course about a number of specific issues that he raised if I do not cover them in my remarks today. I agree with the hon....

Future of RAF Northolt (13 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I am willing to meet with councillors and other residents. I very much want to share the information we have, but we have to allow the Ministry of Defence to conduct its own studies in due course and share them as is deemed pertinent, as decisions and options are considered. As I said, other evidence was analysed and the benefit of the aerodrome was demonstrated in its use during the...

Future of RAF Northolt (13 Sep 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I have only a short time left, but the hon. Gentleman will be aware that we are comparing apples and pears. A runway’s length, thickness and usage and an aircraft’s heaviness all determine the total cost. I will write to him with more details. Civil operating hours and numbers of passengers will remain limited, the movement cap of 12,000 that was set in 2013 will remain unchanged...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I welcome this debate, secured by the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane). He said that it was the graveyard shift: it is the last day of term, and I am already on my feet to respond to a debate that could have lasted an hour and a half. However, the subject is important, and I am grateful for this opportunity to respond as I begin my work in my present portfolio. The hon....

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: If I may, I will come on to that in a second. Given that I have some time, it is worth saying that I have just been at a two-day conference with Veterans’ Ministers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, where we discussed that very thing: what support, compensation and packages of measures are available and in place while people are in the service, going through the...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I will confirm that is the case. What I am saying is that we would not want any officer, commander or non-commissioned officer to be concerned about such a consideration. However, I hear what the hon. Gentleman says. We have suggested that in future, whenever a member of the armed forces is killed or injured in combat, compensation will be paid at the rate a court would have been likely to...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: One of the purposes of the consultation is to simplify the system. We need a robust system that everybody is able to follow and that is clearcut for both sides. For the Government, the new system will mean increased expenditure on compensation for death or injury sustained in the most challenging conditions. They will be paying higher sums in cases in which the MOD has not been negligent, but...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: It is because of such cases that we are now having to provide this compensation. The hon. Gentleman is right to say that no court has ever second-guessed a military decision, but the Supreme Court’s judgment opened up the prospect of precisely what is happening and what might happen in future cases. The corollary to the proposal is that any cases covered by the new, more generous...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: I think there has to be some faith given to the fact that, when we make those appointments, we choose based on independence. I will look at that process and confirm that. I think we are getting into the weeds a little bit by talking about the confirmation of the independence of those who will make the decisions. Finally, some suggested that, by removing such combat cases from the courts, an...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Tobias Ellwood: Yes, if the hon. Gentleman will be helpful and say that he might be reconsidering.


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