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Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Jack Lopresti: The whole defence procurement sector, and especially the defence aerospace industry, has a huge role to play in supporting employment, exports and growth, but our sovereign defence capability, in the national interest, must lie at the heart of the decisions we make and at the centre of the Government’s defence policy. We therefore need a defence aerospace industrial strategy that takes...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I am obviously delighted and thrilled. That excellent news will help to secure jobs in my constituency and elsewhere in the country. As I have said in previous debates, the defence and aerospace companies I have met and engaged with over many years are clear that without long-term procurement commitments, Britain will start to lose the skills that we have worked so hard to nurture and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Last month I was in the Kurdistan region of Iraq—I refer the House to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests—where I saw people’s enthusiasm for independence and a fresh dialogue with Baghdad. The subsequent military actions against the peshmerga by Iranian-backed militia and the Iraqi army are wholly unjust and completely unacceptable. Will the...

Balfour Declaration (30 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Does my right hon. Friend agree that not only is Israel a beacon of hope and democracy in the middle east but that our strategic partnerships in the fields of security and defence are vital to the safety of both our nations and should be enhanced and developed?

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration (25 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: I am sorry to interrupt my right hon. Friend’s excellent speech. Does he agree that the issue is not just about supporting Israel’s right to exist; it is about supporting its right to defend itself?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Given that Typhoon is scheduled to leave service in 2040, what steps is my hon. Friend taking to procure the next generation of fighter aircraft given the potential opportunities for export, and to preserve and maintain our sovereign defence capability?

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

Jack Lopresti: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) on securing this important and timely debate and I echo the comments that he made about my right hon. Friend the Minister, whose recent actions in trying to save the life of an injured police officer are an example and inspiration to us all. I welcome a review of...

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

Jack Lopresti: I thank my hon. Friend for his excellent intervention. I was careful to use the word “enduringly”. We could possibly throw 10,000 troops around the world to do a short operation simultaneously, but the important point is about doing so over a reasonable period of time and enduringly. As long as we have a funding settlement that forces commanders to choose between equipment and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Given the grave situation in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, what does my right hon. Friend think will be the impact on our currently deployed British Army teams who are training the peshmerga as we speak?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: The last Labour Government downgraded Frenchay hospital in my constituency. My constituents and I have been waiting for several years for the much-needed and much-promised community hospital. What action are the Government taking to ensure that that finally happens?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Jack Lopresti: Throughout August this year, I was contacted by a large number of constituents who were concerned about the illegal encampment of Travellers. Travellers had broken into and occupied parkland near Stoke Gifford in my constituency. and then—having been successfully evicted from there—occupied another site in nearby Patchway. Having considered the issue in some depth over the summer,...

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...


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