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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?

Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I thank the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) for securing the debate. I am sure that everything he said will be welcomed by many RAF personnel, past and present, and their families. If any of my young constituents want a quick precis of the history of the RAF, I will point them in the direction of today’s Hansard. The...

Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: I accept what the hon. Gentleman said about the safety of the aircraft, but we have been left with a capability gap. When the then Secretary of State for Defence, the right hon. Member for Sevenoaks (Sir Michael Fallon), gave evidence to MPs last month, he described the “extraordinary increase” in submarine activity off the north of Scotland. In the meantime, since the Nimrods...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. In pension terms, what we have witnessed over recent years is an attempt to take away dignity in old age. The plans formulated to take the pensionable age beyond 65, 66 and, now, 67 simply outline this Government’s direction of travel. For any national pension scheme, dignity should be at the heart of retirement. Speaking...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: It certainly feels like, “How long is a piece of string?”, because this debate has gone on and on. Frankly, some of the conditions and situations described by other Members are totally unacceptable. As my hon. Friend points out, it is absolutely ridiculous that women born in the ’50s have to wait for another six years before they can collect their deferred wages through the...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: On the point about a third option. I believe that third option was actually put by the First Minister at the time and rejected by the Unionist parties.

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: The hon. Lady has talked exclusively and quite widely about the mandate. Will she accept that the mandate that was given not only to the SNP in the 2016 election but within the Scottish Parliament is a mandate of real value for taking forward an independence referendum, or can we just drop the “Democrats” part from her party’s title?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Warships (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships the Government has ordered since May 2010; and how many such ships have been brought into full operational service since May 2010.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Warships (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships have been taken out of operational service, sold, disposed of or decommissioned since May 2010.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Spare Parts (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office Report entitled Investigation into equipment cannibalisation in the Royal Navy, HC525, what steps he plans to take to address the increase in the level of equipment cannibalisation in the Royal Navy over the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Spare Parts (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships cannot currently be operated due to being cannibalised to support another vessel.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Spare Parts (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office Report entitled Investigation into equipment cannibalisation in the Royal Navy, HC525, what steps he is taking to address the risk to operational capability posed by a lack of spare parts in the Royal Navy and its demoralising effect on personnel described in that report.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Spare Parts (8 Nov 2017)

Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department forecasts an increase in cannibalisation over the next 12 months in order to maintain key Royal Navy assets at sea or in a state of readiness.


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