Results 41–60 of 2181 for speaker:Nia Griffith

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Co-operation (26 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: The Prime Minister has managed to unite the whole House in opposition to her half-baked Brexit deal, which, after two years of negotiations, is remarkably short on detail on our future relationship with the EU. One of the many questions that remains unanswered is the nature of our participation in the European defence fund, with just a cursory reference to it in the political declaration....

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: The armed forces covenant represents the solemn and enduring commitment that we owe to members of the armed forces community. Those who serve our country make so many sacrifices in defence of the UK and our interests, and they rightly deserve respect, support and fair treatment both during and after their service, along with their families at home. The sacrifice made by our servicemen and...

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: I absolutely agree that we want the full support of all our local authorities, and our health boards, but I must put on record again that they have experienced very severe cuts under this Government. That is an issue, particularly when we are trying to develop new initiatives and make progress. We know that the requirements of service life do not just affect personnel. They can also have an...

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: My hon. Friend makes a good point. There is the issue of privatising services, but there is also a need to watch what those contractors are doing and keep an eye on whether the service providers are actually providing the service. That is the challenge to the Minister; this is a real issue in the defence sector at the moment. Unfortunately, only three in 10 families are satisfied with the...

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that valid point. The number of training exercises that have been cancelled will not have helped matters, nor will the months of leaked reports on plans to cut the Marines as part of the modernising defence programme. The state of morale should concern us all, so I would be grateful if the Minister set out what he feels is behind this worrying fall, and more...

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I am asking why we are privatising more services, including the particular ones I mentioned. I would like the Minister to explain why the Government are not considering putting a stop to this and having a complete rethink. At the heart of all these issues is the need to ensure that the promises made in the covenant are being effectively...

Bombardier: Armed Forces Covenant (22 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making a valid point, and we are very grateful to all those from Northern Ireland who have served our forces so well. Local authorities are responsible for many of the services that fulfil the covenant’s guarantees, yet they have borne the brunt of much of the Government’s austerity programme. Many councils are doing their very best, despite devastating...

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: Before I start, I must apologise. I might be a little croaky today, but I will do the best I can. I am pleased that the Government have scheduled a debate on the veterans strategy in Government time. It is vital that we recognise the unstinting service of our brave armed forces men and women and ensure that the best opportunities are available to help them transition into civilian life. This...

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: As I have already said on air—it is on the record—I absolutely deplore that man’s comments. I reassure Members from all parties that he holds no position of office in the Labour party, that he is not an elected representative, and that he in no way represents the views of my colleagues, many of whom were at their local war memorials up and down the country on Sunday morning, wearing...

EU Exit Negotiations: Veterans Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Nia Griffith: The hon. Lady makes a valuable contribution to this debate. We would certainly want to look into that. The strategy does not really consider whether parts of the armed forces covenant should be statutory and not simply aspirational. It does not propose a strategy to develop and maintain greater consistency across all sectors of our public services. The Minister has rightly expressed concern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Personnel Numbers (22 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: A scathing report by the Public Accounts Committee has found that the Ministry of Defence lacks the strategy to remedy, before 2023, the skills shortages now apparent in over 100 critical trades. Those shortages are putting an unprecedented strain on servicemen and servicewomen, with morale in freefall. When will the Government face up to the fact that personnel numbers have been plummeting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: At last month’s Conservative party conference, the Prime Minister said that austerity is over, but we know that the Tories’ record on defence is one of deep cuts and falling budgets. In cash terms, defence spending has been slashed by £4.9 billion since Labour left office. Can the Secretary of State tell us by how much his party has cut the defence budget in real terms?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: With due respect, I have to correct the record. Between 2010 and 2017, the real-terms value of the defence budget fell by nearly £10 billion, which puts immense strain on the ability of the Ministry of Defence to meet its commitments. We welcome the long overdue pay rise for service personnel, but whereas Labour set out a clear plan to fund a fair pay rise, will the Secretary of State...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: AWACS: Procurement (18 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, which allies he has had discussions with on the UK’s airborne warning and control system capability.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: AWACS: Procurement (18 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9th October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, whether his Department plans to provide information on the industrial and economic effect of a final procurement decision later in the procurement process.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Equality (18 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department plans to publish a diversity and inclusion strategy.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Officers (18 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many places have been available on the Soldier Conversion Officer Course in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: AWACS: Procurement (17 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9 October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the E- 7’s stationary antenna design.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: AWACS: Procurement (17 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9th October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, how many E-7s his Department plans to purchase.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: AWACS: Procurement (17 Oct 2018)

Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Written Statement of 9th October 2018, HCWS974 on Airborne Warning and Control System, what the planned timetable is for the decision on the E-7.


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