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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (8 Feb 2018)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure the provision of adequate training on the variations system for Child Maintenance Options staff to advise members of the public.

British Armed Forces: Size and Strength — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. With yesterday’s shipbuilding strategy debate and the expected statement from the Secretary of State, which is now in doubt—this week is turning into a bit of a defence-fest. This is an important debate at a time when defence is very much in the headlines, and I thank the hon. Member for Aldershot (Leo Docherty) for...

British Armed Forces: Size and Strength — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I will be happy to answer that when I come to that point in my speech. The armed forces continuous attitude survey of 2016 reported that the morale of “self, Unit and Service” has also decreased, with 61% of serving personnel thinking that morale was low, and 9% perceiving that it was high. Members on both sides of the House have mentioned that. Ensuring that retention is high up...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I thank the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for his significant move in bringing the debate to the Chamber today. Shipbuilding, as hon. Members know, is a key part of our industrial base. Although the industry has undergone much change in recent years, including to the number of people involved in...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Shipbuilding Strategy — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I know that the hon. Gentleman is very experienced in such matters and I am sure that he has considered it long and hard for a number of years, both as an industry professional and as an MP. It is obvious, given the amount of investment being put in, that it must be done in the long term, and looking at the project overall rather than as its component parts. I agree with the hon. Gentleman....

Public Bill Committee: Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: I would like to ask an additional question. In the previous session we heard that, for example, in terms of SMEs, 130,000 small businesses would be affected by this kind of legislation for the very first time. Does the panel have a view on the particular challenges that the Bill might bring to small business and its impact, especially if Mr White’s book has to be trawled through every...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay (23 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 117143, whether any redundancies made by contractors as a result of the implementation of Project Hestia have been funded in full or in part by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nature Conservation: Marine Environment (16 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking improve marine conservation in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Appeals (15 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on claimants of having their personal independence payments suspended while awaiting an appeal to the Upper Tribunal requested by his Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

Douglas Chapman: What assurances can the Minister give workers in Rosyth, in my constituency, about the future work programme for the dockyard there, following the carrier completion contracts? Would he be able to meet me in the constituency to discuss that future work programme with unions and the management?

Ukraine — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I sincerely thank the right hon. Member for Maldon (Mr Whittingdale) for bringing such an important issue to the Chamber. As we all know, Ukraine has been an independent nation since 1991, following the break-up of the USSR. Like other former Soviet states, starting a new state has been difficult and far from a pain-free process...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Redundancy Pay (13 Dec 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2017 to Question 110195, whether his Department funds redundancy payments to staff employed by his Department's contractors when redundancies are made as a direct result of the termination or change to a Government contract; and whether those costs were included in that answer.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: France (7 Dec 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the Refugee Rights Data Project report Twelve Months On about the situation for displaced people in northern France; and what steps she is taking to fulfil her obligation to protect vulnerable child refugees.

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: I beg to move, That this House has considered the appointment of an Arctic ambassador. It is an immense pleasure—indeed, an honour—to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I welcome the Minister. He indicated that this might be his first Westminster Hall debate in his present post, so I congratulate him on that. I am delighted to introduce this debate on an issue that is close...

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: The chairman of the APPG makes a valid point. However, as I will reveal, the proximity of the Arctic to Scotland makes Arctic issues much more relevant to our Government in Edinburgh and to our interests. I recognise, however, that the Antarctic plays a significant role overall and has similar issues, especially with regard to climate change and the environment, as the hon. Gentleman alludes...

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: Exactly; I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that intervention. I will mention later the collaboration that we seek with all academic institutions. All the universities in Scotland were represented at the conference last week.

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: My hon. Friend makes a really valid point. During the independence referendum, Scotland was asked to lead the UK, not leave the UK. That kind of argument makes it important that Scotland’s position and expertise, and the valuable contribution we can make to Arctic issues, are brought to the fore. Orkney also has the highest uptake of electric cars in the UK. There are clearly lessons to...

Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: I think it fits perfectly. There is a need for an Arctic ambassador—I will cover other areas in my speech. It is crucial that we make these links and have these friendships and collaborative projects across the whole of the Arctic. I know the hon. Gentleman has a wide range of interests, so I ask him to open his mind to the possibilities if we were to have an Arctic ambassador fighting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (27 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: The Secretary of State began today by outlining the three places that he had visited in the early days of his appointment, on which I congratulate him. What reassurances can he give to the workers at Rosyth that their contracts will be secure following the departure of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, and will he visit Rosyth?


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