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National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Richard Drax: History, sadly, has shown us that politicians are all too easily tempted to cut our armed forces in order to spend money in other areas. May I urge my right hon. Friend not to do so? We are leaving the European Union, and I believe that our commitments and responsibilities will grow, not least because by the time 27 other countries have decided to do something, it will be too late.

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

Richard Drax: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. May I reiterate what Members on both sides of the House have said so far, and add my concerns to those that have already been expressed about the future of the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy? I believe that any cutting of the Royal Marines or any further part of our amphibious fleet—HMS Ocean having already gone to the Brazilians—is absolutely...

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2018)

Richard Drax: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. While most of us were celebrating on new year’s eve, the crews of the Poole-based tug, Kingston, and the Swanage and Weymouth lifeboats were battling mountainous seas and 70 mph winds off the coast of Dorset to prevent a cargo ship from being blown on to the rocks. Thanks to the skill of the tug’s crew the tow was fixed and a disaster prevented....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Fire Services: Collaboration (8 Jan 2018)

Richard Drax: What steps her Department is taking to encourage greater collaboration between police and fire services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police and Fire Services: Collaboration (8 Jan 2018)

Richard Drax: I wish you and your family a happy new year, Mr Speaker. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on retaining her job. She is doing splendid work. Can the Minister reassure me and my constituents that, given that collaboration is potentially leading to a sort of patchwork quilt of service across the country, he will ensure that the integrity of services will be maintained?

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Richard Drax: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I think I shall demand an urgent question if this continues. I thank my hon. Friend for the increase in police funding, but I would be failing in my duty if I did not speak up for the funding of Dorset police, which have been underfunded for years. Does my hon. Friend agree that although things such as cyber-crime are taking police officers off the streets—the...

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Richard Drax: Mr Speaker, I am speechless. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister confirm to me and the country that, when we leave the EU in March 2019—yes, there will be an implementation period; I understand why—we will have left the EU in its entirety?

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Richard Drax: I warmly congratulate my right hon. Friend on the progress she has made. We are getting there, but I shall be relieved when we get to March 2019. For clarity’s sake, may I ask whether, if no deal is struck on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland come March 2019 and the issue is still on the table, I am right in assuming that when we leave the EU, Northern Ireland will still...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Richard Drax: We leave the EU in 16 months. Will my right hon. Friend assure the House and the country that the EU delegates are well aware that we are preparing to fall back on World Trade Organisation rules if negotiations fail?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Richard Drax: It is a pleasure to take part in this debate and to listen to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey). I do not agree with 99.9% of what he said but there was an element there with which I may have agreed. Steady as she goes is what the Government and the Budget have portrayed to the country, and in the circumstances that is eminently sensible. Sadly, we simply do not have...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Richard Drax: I said, “That’s why we are leaving”, in response to my right hon. and learned Friend’s comments.

EU Exit Negotiations (13 Nov 2017)

Richard Drax: Does my right hon. Friend agree that uncertainty is the weapon of the EU Commission and the remainer? I urge him to stiffen his resolve to ensure the will of the British people is kept.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Richard Drax: What action can my right hon. Friend or the British Government take if Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is not released? I am assuming that if we are in a hostage situation and if we do not win this case, there is a danger that others will be taken on a similar basis.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Warships (2 Nov 2017)

Richard Drax: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the future is of HMS Ocean and HMS Bulwark; and if he will make a statement.

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Richard Drax: The decision to leave the EU in its entirety has been made, and any other consequence will be a betrayal of that vote. Is it not right and logical that a no-deal option has to be on the table in the event that we are forced, through bad negotiation and lack of will on the other side, to stay in an organisation that we voted to leave?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: This is the second day on which I have sat listening to many good speeches on this topic, but I cannot help but feel that during some of them, irony sits heavily in the air; we have heard about “scrutiny”, “democracy”, “democracy of the people” and “functioning democracy”, but where has democracy been for the past 44 years? Where has it gone...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I will come to that very point.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: I will not give way again, because many other Members wish to speak. However, I shall address that point later, because I served on the European Scrutiny Committee in the last Parliament. From listening to the speeches, one would think that this country, Great Britain, was incapable of passing laws. What on earth is wrong with this great place, which we are selected to represent—our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: As my hon. Friend says, even if those debates had happened, the legislation could not have been changed. Where were all these loud voices? Where were you all over the past 40 years? Why did you not question what was being imposed on our country and our constituents? Where were you?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Richard Drax: No, I will not give way—absolutely not! I do not have time and I am enjoying myself. I am representing my constituents and my country. I am speaking up, at last, for Great Britain, and not for a bureaucracy that is going horribly wrong. The great thing is that when the Bill returns to the House, we can scrutinise it—we can do our job. That is what we are here for. The Scottish...

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