Results 1–20 of 284 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jack Lopresti

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, even if only for four minutes—I will keep to that. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) on securing this crucial debate and on the eloquence of his speech. It is a privilege to be able to speak in the House about our armed forces as someone who has also worn the Queen’s uniform. I must...

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying particular tribute to the Kurdish peshmerga, who have made a vital and continuing contribution to the defeat of Daesh? Can he assure the House that we will give them every possible assistance in training, equipment and weaponry, but also, importantly, access to medical care and treatment for their wounded? Is not there a case for providing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Common Defence and Security Policy (10 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be far better for our European friends to focus on their NATO membership and their commitment to defence spending of 2% of their GDP, rather than trying to create some sort of bogus EU defence force?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Will my hon. Friend confirm that the RAF will retain its existing surveillance capability—Sentinel—which proved so effective in Mali, and that the existing fleet will be maintained and continued?

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Thank you for your chairmanship of this debate, Mr Davies. I am hugely grateful to every colleague who came along to support it; there have been some very good interventions and great speeches. The debate has, to a large degree, demonstrated and reinforced the British Parliament’s support, affection and understanding of the Iraqi Kurdish people. I want again to put my thanks and...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Will the Minister give way?

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Although I recognise, accept and agree with the Minister’s position on British nationals going to fight for the peshmerga, does he agree that there is no moral equivalent between people who go to fight with Daesh and people who volunteer to serve with the peshmerga?

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I thank my hon. Friend for allowing me to intervene; I am enjoying his speech. On the military support we have given the peshmerga, some have said it has been inadequate and some have said we could do a bit more, but, importantly, there has been a shortage of body armour, helmets and respirators. Does he agree that we have a responsibility to make sure not only that they are properly equipped...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Kurdistan region in Iraq. Mr Davies, it is indeed a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I begin by declaring an interest. I travelled to Kurdistan in November 2016 as a guest of the Kurdistan Regional Government and I am now chair of the all-party group on the Kurdistan region in Iraq. It is three years since the last debate here on the...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, and I absolutely agree. I will return to the peshmerga and the fight against Daesh later, but we owe the Kurds a huge debt of gratitude for what they are doing on a daily basis, including as we are here today. I will briefly give some history. The treaty of Lausanne in 1923 led to the Turks formally ceding all earlier claims on Syria and Iraq...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Jack Lopresti: What I am saying is that the moods have shifted. I am not saying it would be welcomed, but I hope that, looking towards perhaps more co-operation and trade, we might get a better response than we had anticipated. We can be optimistic and helpful in whatever discussions and negotiations follow on from the referendum, but whatever the people decide, the UK and the KRG have a lot in common, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Daesh (13 Mar 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Will my right hon. Friend reassure the House that we are doing everything possible to help local indigenous forces on the ground with the liberation of Mosul and the defeat of Daesh, not only in relation to equipment and ammunition, but with regard to access to medical care, protective equipment such as helmets and body armour, and getting the right supplies and expertise for their wounded?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming (2 Mar 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Does the Secretary of State share my view that the need to accommodate the views of 28 different countries has led to the common agricultural policy becoming overtly bureaucratic in a way that has harmed the interests of British farmers?

Armed Forces Covenant (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: In the light of my hon. Friend’s military service and the operational tours that he has done, may I ask whether he is comfortable with the way in which we have treated our interpreters and other locally employed civilians?

Armed Forces Covenant (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: The hon. Gentleman and I both serve on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. In the last Parliament, we inquired into the implementation of the military covenant in Northern Ireland. Is it time we thought about another inquiry as an update on that?

Armed Forces Covenant (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mrs Trevelyan) on securing this fantastic debate. I remember spending many great days and cold nights in her constituency on gunnery training exercises. Those are fond memories, mostly. I would also like to declare that my youngest son serves in the British Army, also as a gunner. The armed forces covenant has had a positive...

Armed Forces Covenant (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: The hon. Gentleman is of course absolutely right. There is a responsibility on our part as Members of Parliament to link up with service charities such as the Royal British Legion to make sure that they are aware of what we can do to help veterans in our own communities.

Armed Forces Covenant (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Of course I will support that. As I said, it is imperative on all of us to link up with local service charities and do whatever we can on all levels to help our veterans and their loved ones, families and dependants. I have done some work with a military charity called Alabaré, which does a lot on housing, and I helped to secure it considerable funding from the LIBOR fund to invest in...

Exiting the Eu: New Partnership (2 Feb 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Will my right hon. Friend inform the House of how the legislation, and the White Paper in particular, will hopefully help to protect and enhance Gibraltar’s unique position and of the progress he is making towards a free trade deal between us and Gibraltar? I understand that such a deal can happen before we leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Spending Target (30 Jan 2017)

Jack Lopresti: What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on NATO’s 2% GDP spending target.


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