Results 1–20 of 1257 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nia Griffith

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and for advance sight of it. May I pay tribute to the former Defence Procurement Minister, the hon. Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb), who was forced to resign last night for supporting the Prime Minister’s position on Brexit? Our aerospace and defence sectors are truly world leading and are vital to our security and national prosperity....

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: The Minister needs to take into consideration the fact that something like 36% of that spend would immediately come back to the Treasury in taxation. There would also be a knock-on effect for all the small businesses that would benefit from that money being spent out into the local economy. We would also have to take into account the cost of social security if those people were unemployed, as...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: Does the Minister recognise that the Parker report very clearly mentions having a “drumbeat” of orders? That is vital to the industry so that we do not lose skills, so that we do not fall behind on R&D and so that we can remain in the game. Does he agree that that is important and that these ships could contribute to that drumbeat of orders?

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: I beg to move, That this House recognises the important contribution of the defence industry to the UK; calls on the Government to support the UK defence industry by taking into account the economic and employment benefits to the UK when awarding contracts and to publish a full, overarching defence industrial strategy; and further calls on the Government to make the competition for the Fleet...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his excellent intervention. I hope that the delay will allow Ministers to reflect on the overwhelming case for an active defence industrial strategy that recognises the immense value of building in Britain and takes a longer term view of the orders that the Government will place, giving industry the confidence to invest in the UK and to plan for a steady...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: My hon. Friend makes a very good point about the need for certainty and long-term planning, so we can give business the confidence to invest here. As well as ensuring that our armed forces have the very best equipment, a core objective of our defence industrial strategy should be to promote our national prosperity. We can only do that properly if we factor in the true value of defence...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: Indeed—at least that amount. Reports by Oxford Economics highlight that the UK defence industry has an output multiplier of 2.3, meaning that £100 million in UK industry generates some £230 million to the UK economy. Its reports also highlight that each additional job created in the manufacturing element of the defence industry results in a further 1.8 jobs being created in...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I congratulate him on his excellent report, which he presented on Monday. I note that in it he recommends that UK prosperity should be taken into account in all major procurement decisions. I welcome that statement.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: Indeed. When we speak to defence contractors, we find it is a sad fact that they are not being required to put those details into the bids they make. We very much hope to see that change. I hope that this is an urgent step on that way. The approach has been endorsed by the Defence Committee and has received the support of the trade body, ADS, as well as the defence trade unions such as Unite,...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: As I just outlined, it is extremely important that we take into account the way that the money can be brought back into the Treasury, and I very much hope that the right hon. Gentleman’s message will be well understood by Government Front Benchers. I will make a bit of progress. As taxpayers, we all want to see value for our money, but we recognise the consequences if we do not spend...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: Yes, indeed; as my hon. Friend says, the Government have a poor track record. It is a great shame that so many opportunities have been wasted.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: It is incumbent on the Government, though, to look again and strain every muscle to get the very best work-share agreements wherever they exist.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: On that note, I shall make progress.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: One more time.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Warley (John Spellar) clearly explained, a much better deal could have been done.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and now I shall conclude, as I am sure that hon. Members are thinking about what they will be watching later this evening. When I was very young, I remember not only the excitement of England winning the World cup in 1966, but the I’m Backing Britain campaign. Before they go off to support the English football team this evening, I urge Members...

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and for advance sight of it and join him in paying tribute to all the servicemen and women who have served and are serving in Afghanistan. We remember the 456 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice there and those who continue to live with injuries sustained during the conflict. We commend the courage shown by our Afghan partners who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Summit (9 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: The Secretary of State has repeatedly said that the conclusions of the modernising defence programme will be published in time for the NATO summit. I would never suggest that the Government are in the grip of complete chaos and, even if all those around him were to lose their head, I know the Defence Secretary, of all people, will keep his. Can he now assure the House that the promise to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Summit (9 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: It is very troubling indeed that the UK risks going to this NATO summit without being able to offer certainty to allies about our future defence capabilities. The past few months have seen unprecedented leaks from the MDP, speculation about cuts, outlandish briefings to the media and even a reported threat to bring down the Prime Minister, although I gather the Defence Secretary may now have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (9 Jul 2018)

Nia Griffith: Capita’s recruiting partnership project is failing on every measure. It has missed the MOD target for savings by more than £100 million in the past six years and the latest figures show that the number of personnel in the Army has fallen yet again. Does the Minister agree with Labour that it is time to take this failing contract back in-house?


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