Results 1–20 of 1633 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Harriett Baldwin

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: It is truly an honour to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Roger, and it is a privilege to respond to this debate. It has been a very good and effective debate on a topic that we often do not have the opportunity to discuss, so I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) on securing it. I also congratulate him and his gallant colleagues on...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: Nevertheless, it is a shame that we have not had quite as good a turnout of Labour Members as we have had of Government Members. A number of colleagues mentioned the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. That has started its passage through the House in the Lords, and I was glad to hear a range of supportive voices from the Government Benches for that legislation. We heard about the issue...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: I think that everyone can see that my hon. Friend himself embodies that military unit. Beckenham is well served in terms of the voice of the armed forces. A number of hon. Members talked about celebrating the year of the Navy. It is a very exciting year, with HMS Queen Elizabeth going off on her sea trials from Scotland recently. It was also very exciting to announce recently the first of the...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that point. We have published our requirement—I think it is about 4,000 tonnes of steel per frigate—on the Government pipeline website, and we encourage our contractor to look where possible to procure British steel. As for the other issues raised on the naval front, a number of hon. Members asked about the national shipbuilding strategy. I...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: I am pleased that we are giving the hon. Gentleman ships. This week, we are cutting steel on the first of the Type 26s. We have had the HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials. We will be naming the HMS Prince of Wales later this year. I was up in Govan cutting steel on an offshore patrol vessel earlier this year. We are giving him ships, and he will get his shipbuilding strategy in due course. By the...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: I apologise. The admiral lives nearby. I want to reassure colleagues on the stories in The Times this week about the F-35 joint strike fighter. We strongly disagree with the conclusions that the journalists came to. We are confident that the programme is within its budget envelope, despite the fluctuation in the exchange rate. We are also proud of the amazing capability it is demonstrating....

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

Harriett Baldwin: Thanks to the vote a year ago, the Dreadnought programme to replace the four Vanguard-class nuclear-armed submarines is on schedule. Construction on Dreadnought, the first of her class, commenced as planned in October 2016 at the BAE Systems yard in Barrow-in-Furness.

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

Harriett Baldwin: Certainly if I and the 80% of people who took part in the vote a year ago have anything to do with it, it will be. I gently draw the House’s attention to the fact that both the shadow Defence Secretary and the Leader of the Opposition voted in the opposite Lobby on that day.

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

Harriett Baldwin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the fact that companies not just in Barrow-in-Furness but up and down this country are involved in carrying out highly skilled work in this incredibly elaborate programme. I had the pleasure of visiting Raynesway and her nearby constituency and I know how many people in Derby and in Derbyshire depend on that programme. I can assure her that we...

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

Harriett Baldwin: The hon. Gentleman is very kind to invite me for another visit to his constituency. I shall look forward to it. He rightly raises the important issue of the skills that we need as a country for these highly skilled and important jobs. I know that the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), will be very happy to meet him to...

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

Harriett Baldwin: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman, who is the son of a submariner, on his arrival in this place. It is wonderful to have someone taking such a close interest in the matter. He will be aware that it is the subject of ongoing commercial negotiations. We will keep the House informed.

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

Harriett Baldwin: With an equipment plan worth £178 billion and a rising defence budget, there are great opportunities for innovative suppliers. The £800 million innovation fund will provide the Ministry of Defence with the freedom to pursue innovative solutions in an open, competitive process.

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

Harriett Baldwin: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight this issue. It is one of the things that we weight when we consider awards through the innovation fund to ensure that the projects with the highest risks but the biggest potential pay-off are the ones that are invested in.

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

Harriett Baldwin: I would have hoped for a few more words of welcome for the announcement of the Type 26 frigates, which will be ready for the out-of-service dates and replacement dates of the existing Type 23s. As the hon. Lady knows, HMS Ocean was always due to come out of service next year, and other amphibious capability will obviously be available.

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

Harriett Baldwin: I can confirm that. I had the pleasure of going to north Wales recently to extend the Sentinel contract to 2021.

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

Harriett Baldwin: Again, I am glad that the hon. Gentleman welcomes the news on the Type 26 frigates. He will be aware that we publish on gov.uk the full pipeline in terms of our steel requirements. We do encourage our prime contractors to see where they can use British steel, and I am sure that in due course he will be pleased to see progress.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Spending Target (13 Mar 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: Ministers have regular discussions with international counterparts on NATO’s 2% of GDP spending target. It is important that all NATO allies meet the 2% commitment they made at the Wales summit in 2014.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Spending Target (13 Mar 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: Listing the 23 that do not spend 2% would take too long, but I reassure my hon. Friend that the five that do meet the target are the United States, the UK, Poland, Greece and Estonia. I am sure he can deduce from that the absentees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Spending Target (13 Mar 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: With the greatest respect, we think it is incredibly important that all NATO members, who share joint responsibility for the defence of the alliance, committed at the NATO conference in Wales in 2014 to spend 2% of GDP. We welcome the fact that eight further countries are now on a clear trajectory to meet that target, and Ministers from across all Departments continue to have discussions to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Spending Target (13 Mar 2017)

Harriett Baldwin: I reassure my hon. Friend that there has been progress. Five countries now meet the 2% target, up from three in 2014; 10 countries now meet the 20% pledge on major equipment and research; and the cuts to defence spending overall have been halted. I am sure, though, that everyone would agree with the sentiment he expressed: we cannot reiterate too often that we hope everyone will reach the 2%...


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