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Grenfell Tower: Points of Order (19 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you had any notification from the Government on whether they intend to make a statement on the military campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria? I am sure you will be aware of the widespread and authoritative media reports showing that Raqqa has fallen and that Daesh has been evicted. Given that the Government asked for and got specific authorisation...

International Investment (17 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: It is surely right to add smaller companies to the national security process, but this is only a Green Paper and secondary legislation takes time. Given how fast these fields of technology are moving, what are the Government doing right now to mitigate the risk of what we want to legislate to deal with in the future?

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

John Woodcock: The UK is leading the global coalition’s efforts to disrupt and counter Daesh’s communications. Can the Minister broadly say what we are now doing differently, as a result of our learning against this fast-moving and fluid organisation, from what we were doing a couple of years ago?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: My concern is that, as we know, world-class nuclear scientists are a rare and valued commodity, and some nations might not see it as in their interests to open the doors and allow greater exits of people whom they want to keep. It suggests a potentially slightly naive view of the world to think that everyone will just say, “Yes, go to Britain; it will all be fine.” I will be brief...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse)—[Hon. Members: “Why?”]—because he at least made an argument, unlike some previous Conservative Members, whose speeches were filled with vapid nonsense about how everything would be wonderful. His argument, however, was essentially: the Germans are coming and we need to pull up the...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: I tried to listen carefully. I have some sympathy with Ministers. I am reminded of Dora Gaitskell in 1961 when she turned to her husband Hugh, that great leader of the Labour party—

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: Don’t tempt me! Hugh Gaitskell had just turned on its head his previously strong support for the EU by saying that joining Euratom would be like reversing 1,000 years of Britain as an independent state, and Dora said to her husband, “All the wrong people are cheering”. The Minister has had enthusiastic endorsements not only from the hon. Member for North West Hampshire, who...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: The Secretary of State is being generous in giving way. We heard clearly enough that this is a contingency Bill. What I did not hear clearly is the Government’s policy on staying in Euratom. He says that the treaty requires us to come out, which is debatable. If it is the Government’s policy that we want associate membership status, will he make that clear now? Maximum continuity...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: As the Secretary of State is of course aware, there is an extended search to find a new investor in the NuGen site. Potential buyers are looking on that with great interest. In his closest possible working with Euratom—or whatever his phrase was—is there a scenario in which there will not need to be new nuclear co-operation agreements, which could make the sale much more...

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: My hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) has just asked the question I was going to ask, but it seems a shame to waste all this standing up and sitting back down again, so may I ask the Minister to expand on whether the UK Government and others are actively preparing for a scenario in which the US formally secedes from this arrangement and yet the basic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: With Daesh potentially on the verge of collapse, is the country experiencing an increase in the number of British jihadists attempting to return secretly, and will any of them be formally allowed back in?

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

John Woodcock: The bottom line is that, had exports gone to plan, these sites would not be in this position. We have heard a lot of commitment in words, but we need to see action from the Government. May I make what I hope is a constructive suggestion? The Minister’s point on participation has been heard and I suggest she does not repeat it now. There are ambassadors all around this House, including...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: University Education: Access (11 Sep 2017)

John Woodcock: Disadvantaged children cannot get to university if they do not get the grades in the first place, so will the Minister ask the schools Minister to meet us in the Furness area who are looking at a major new initiative to get the private-sector local employees involved in closing the generations-long gap in GCSE numeracy and literacy attainment?

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

John Woodcock: May I question the Secretary of State on recommendation 9 in Sir John Parker’s report, for the freezing of the design specification? Does it mean that a repeat of, say, the change in the design specification of the Astute class submarines in build to introduce special forces capability would be bindingly ruled out in future? Would it also rule out a repeat of the fiasco over cats and...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A595: Grizebeck (18 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to open a consultation on improvements to the A595 near Grizebeck before the end of the current parliamentary session.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Crimes of Violence: Females (18 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on meeting priority 22 of the Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-2020, published in March 2016.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Crimes of Violence: Females (18 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on meeting priority 23 of the Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-2020, published in March 2016.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Crimes of Violence: Females (18 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on meeting priority 21 of the Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-2020, published in March 2016.

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: When the Minister for School Standards met a cross-party delegation of Cumbrian MPs as recently as March, he was clear with us that it was necessary and fair for the schools budget overall, after having been protected, to now play its part in the Government’s strategy of deficit reduction. Was he right or was he wrong?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Waste Collection (17 Jul 2017)

John Woodcock: Rather than lecturing councils about their legislative requirements, would the Minister like to come up to Barrow and Furness—or so many other councils, particularly across the north of England—to see the scale of the cuts that these councils are having to implement and the near impossibility of being able to balance a budget in these situations, and provide more help?


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