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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Suppliers: Innovation (5 Mar 2018)

Nia Griffith: There is crippling uncertainty about the customs arrangements that our defence suppliers will face after Brexit. This is threatening their ability to innovate and invest. Just today, Airbus, the RAF’s biggest supplier of large aircraft, has warned that trade barriers will seriously impede its ability to move parts across borders. It is clear that only a comprehensive customs union with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Suppliers: Innovation (5 Mar 2018)

Nia Griffith: The fact of the matter is that ADS, the trade body, has said that the Government’s preferred options are either incomplete or so complex that they simply will not be viable. Why will this Government not listen to the voices of industry such as ADS and the CBI? Why are they ignoring those voices and their support for a customs union? Is it not the case that the Government are putting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Threats (5 Mar 2018)

Nia Griffith: We have seen in this past week how our armed forces rise to the challenge in any weather, but despite our increased commitment to the Baltic states, cuts to training have left the Royal Marines with fewer opportunities to develop their cold weather warfare skills. In January, the Minister for the Armed Forces said of cuts to training exercises in Norway: “I am confident that that was a...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Nia Griffith: I welcome this opportunity to debate the MOD budget, and I thank the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) for his part in securing it and for his excellent opening speech. We have heard a number of thoughtful contributions this afternoon, and I hope that Members will forgive me if I do not mention them all individually owing to the lack of time. It is clear that there is deep...

Ministry of Defence (26 Feb 2018)

Nia Griffith: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. It is clear that the work strands of the review will look in detail at the way that industry does business with the MOD, which is an area where progress can and should be made. It is apparent from responses to the consultation on the defence industrial policy refresh that there is a desire for the MOD to be more flexible and collaborative in setting...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: I pay tribute to the unstinting work of our armed forces. The Opposition will support the Bill on Third Reading this evening because we want to see greater flexibility for our armed forces personnel to serve in ways that are compatible with the demands of modern family life. We also want to attract the widest possible pool of people to the excellent careers that the forces offer, including...

Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: I am sure that I speak for Members across the House in paying tribute to the dedication of our armed forces. I thank the Secretary of State for his statement and for advance sight of it. However, I respectfully say, Mr Speaker, that the way in which this statement has been arranged by the Government has been shambolic from start to finish, and utterly discourteous to right hon. and hon....

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for allowing this urgent question, because Members on both sides of the Chamber have had enough of constantly reading about proposed defence cuts in the newspapers while Government Ministers stonewall questions in the House. May I press the Secretary of State actually to answer the questions posed by the Chair of the Defence Committee about the national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (15 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: Housing for our armed forces families is indeed an important part of the covenant. I recognise that CarillionAmey is a separate entity from the parent company, Carillion, but, given the concerns about its capacity and performance and today’s worrying news, what contingency plans does the Minister have in the event of unforeseen knock-on effects on armed forces housing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Navy: Capability and Strength (15 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: We have heard from the Government ad nauseam that the Royal Navy is growing when that is demonstrably untrue. There continues to be a sharp divide between rhetoric and reality. It is utterly unacceptable that the House should hear about significant potential cuts from the newspapers, as we did yet again this weekend. Can the Minister refute those reports, and confirm that we will not see a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Navy: Capability and Strength (15 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: Once again we do not seem to have very clear answers on that front. We also know that a lack of personnel is a driving factor for decisions in the Royal Navy. Capita is failing miserably on recruitment targets, failing to deliver savings, and is still bungling its IT systems, so what specific steps will the Minister be taking to get to grips with this situation?

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Nia Griffith: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) on securing today’s debate. He speaks with great authority and passion on defence matters. I echo the words of the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald), who said that we have heard many considered and well informed speeches today. They have included contributions from my hon. Friends the Members...

Point of Order (5 Dec 2017)

Nia Griffith: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am sure that you are aware of the worrying reports that the Chancellor has proposed cutting the Army down to just 50,000 personnel—a clear breach of the Government’s commitment to maintain the size of the armed forces. The decision will be taken as part of the national security capability review, which is expected to report early in the...

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

Nia Griffith: I welcome the Secretary of State to his place, and echo his good wishes—and yours, Mr Speaker—to His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan on their engagement. Security cannot be done on the cheap. With expert after expert highlighting serious gaps in defence funding, it was surreal last week to hear the permanent secretary say that the man in charge had made no formal pre-Budget...

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

Nia Griffith: I think I will take that as a no. This is serious; we hear that the Marines may be cut by 15% and the Army reduced to 70,000. That would seriously put our international credibility at risk. With the Secretary of State’s Back Benchers in open rebellion and one of his Ministers threatening to quit over cuts, just how bad do things have to get before the Secretary of State does his job,...

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

Nia Griffith: It is alarming that one of the scant references to defence in the Budget is to forces families in the private rented sector—a less than subtle hint that the future accommodation model threatens to fragment our forces communities. With the private sector characterised by high rents and variable landlord performance, what guarantees can the Minister give that under the future...

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

Nia Griffith: Will the hon. Gentleman tell us whether he thinks it is better to get this country’s deficit down by asking the wealthy and the big corporations to pay a little bit more, or does he want it to come off the backs of our hard-working armed forces?

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

Nia Griffith: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would like to do what the Leader of the Opposition is going to do this evening and vote for the motion to show his unequivocal support for our armed forces.

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