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Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker—it makes quite a change to be called early in a debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald). Some people will be wondering, “Why is the MP for Torbay rushing to speak in a shipbuilding debate? Surely the south-west is just about tourists, fishing, farmers and a few other bits.” Well, I know...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I will not, because I am conscious that there is quite a queue of Members wishing to speak. While this is an Opposition day debate, there are many Members with significant constituency interests who would like to speak. In terms of the investment, it is welcome to see the new carriers coming into the fleet and the new Dreadnought-class submarines already under construction, which will...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I will, but very briefly.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. Sadly for him, if he had waited until I got to a later part of my speech, he would have heard me talk about the Republic of Ireland, which is building naval ships at the Appledore shipyard in North Devon. He asked me to name one country in the world, and he has got one: the Republic of Ireland. I do not think I will take another...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I thank the Minister for his intervention. The part of the motion I have sympathy with is about ensuring that when we engage in procurement exercises the criteria take into account the wider benefits of using particular contractors. One of the things I am slightly concerned about is the idea that buying from the UK is something we are only going to do if we have a protectionist policy in...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I completely and utterly disagree. We can have such criteria, but I am saying that telling everyone else in the world “You can buy from us, but we aren’t going to buy from you” is absolute nonsense. The idea that our industry is unable to drive efficiencies, deliver savings and, on contracts, deliver good-quality products at the right price for customers who want to buy them...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: indicated dissent.

Public Bill Committee: Stalking Protection Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: On a point of order, Mr Gray. Are you prepared to exercise your discretion to allow gentlemen to remove their jackets, and perhaps their ties as well?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I agree with the Minister that the superb recent news of the deal with Australia shows that we can compete internationally in this area. Does he agree that it is still important that local yards get the chance to bid and show that we are still at the cutting edge in this area?

National Living Wage (Extension to Young People) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I am conscious of the time, but I suspect that, although I love him to bits, the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Burton (Andrew Griffiths), has quite a lengthy speech prepared, so I want to give some slightly more positive comments on the issues we have just heard about. Let us be clear that, when we talk about the wage...

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I am conscious of time so will be brief. I welcome this Bill’s Third Reading and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone) on getting it this far—and, indeed, it is just the first of his private Member’s Bills on the Order Paper today. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill) too; she has also played a huge...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I completely agree that there is a need for families to have access and for prisoners to be able to keep key relationships, but there is a difference between the completely unregulated communications that a mobile phone—effectively a computer—can provide and the much more specific ones that a family telephone service can provide.

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: Does my hon. Friend agree that we talk about these things as phones, but in reality we are talking about a computer system that can make calls?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that not only do people have this ability to communicate, but that is now combined with what was once military-grade encryption technology? I alluded to that in my speech. Does he share my concern that it is bringing a whole new angle to this area?

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Alan Mak) who, with his knowledge and campaigning on the fourth industrial revolution, brings much expertise on modern technology to the debate, as he demonstrated in his remarks. It is also a pleasure to speak on Third Reading, having spoken on Second Reading and been on the Committee. I congratulate my hon. Friend the...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I will not give way, because I am just about to take my seat. I am conscious of the time and I know that others wish to speak. There are ways for people in prison to communicate and to keep in contact, but we must also remember that prisons are about protecting the public and ensuring that people cannot run a crime network from behind bars. That is why I support the Bill, and I will be...

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: My hon. Friend talks about a mobile phone making its maiden speech during a Defence statement, but does she recall that on Second Reading there was a rather bizarre interruption to my own speech—better known as a mobile phone fighting back against the Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network: Devon and Cornwall (5 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: If he will make an assessment of the role of the rail network in Devon and Cornwall in supporting the economy of the south-west.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network: Devon and Cornwall (5 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: I thank the Minister for his answer. He will be aware from our recent discussions that there is real disquiet in Devon and Cornwall about the references to it in recent consultation about the future of the CrossCountry franchise. Can he reassure me that there is no intention of ending vital direct services from key locations such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol to the heart of south...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Traffic regulation (3 Jul 2018)

Kevin Foster: There are a large number of regular events in Torbay, such as the Bikers Make a Difference festival and others. Will the Minister work with the Local Government Association to make sure that clear guidance is issued to councils on the points he makes—that this should not be seen as something that they must do, and that this is not an excuse to levy further charges.


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