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Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: The Prime Minister has spoken about the impressive advances in cyber-capability being made across the alliance. How is thinking developing over how the principles of collective security enshrined in article 5 would be applied in the event of a cyber-attack, because I know that work on that has been ongoing within NATO for some time?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: Emergency services around the UK know how brave and expert our cave rescue services are in the way they support emergency services in this country. Does the Home Secretary share my admiration for two of my constituents who were involved in the Thai cave rescue, along with the other two British rescuers, who did such brilliant work to bring those 12 boys and their coach out alive last week?

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: In paragraph 138 the Government rightly commit to a continuation of the single energy market between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Rather than making a special case for Northern Ireland, may I encourage the Secretary of State to consider not leaving the Europe-wide internal energy market and instead make a special case for energy all together? That would be spectacularly boring and...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: I want to talk about three areas: the first relates to the motion and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State; the second is the experience in Somerset, where some of the first 15 councils to transition to universal credit nearly two years ago are located; and the third is about what might be left to do. The speech of the hon. Member for Peterborough (Fiona Onasanya) was one of the more...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: My hon. Friend is right. That is absolutely the principle of universal credit, and that is exactly what people in my constituency are experiencing now, because so much has been improved over the two years in which universal credit has been operating. The Department for Work and Pensions is to be commended for how it has responded to feedback. The skills of DWP staff in call centres around the...

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: Just over 13 years ago, I deployed to Kabul on my first Afghanistan tour, and I found it very rewarding indeed. I wish the Welsh Guards well. The frustration during that first tour was the imbalance in commitment and risk appetite between the NATO countries that made up the Kabul Multinational Brigade. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is not just numbers and budgets that underpin...

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: The NAO report notes that jobcentre staff have said that universal credit systems have “improved significantly” since they were first introduced. Will my right hon. Friend join me in thanking Sedgemoor District Council and other councils among the first tranche to adopt universal credit for the quality of the feedback they have given, which has allowed those improvements to be...

Counter-Daesh Update (3 Jul 2018)

James Heappey: I join my right hon. Friend in congratulating our armed forces on the startling progress that they have made in Iraq and Syria. If we want to be able to do the same in the future, we must maintain capacity for peer-on-peer warfighting and expeditionary counter-insurgency, as well as meeting emerging threats in space, beneath the oceans and online. Does the Secretary of State agree that only...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Pacific Ocean Islands and Papua New Guinea: Fisheries (28 Jun 2018)

James Heappey: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what fishing industry related projects her Department has (a) supported and (b) allocated funding to in (i) Federated States of Micronesia, (ii) Kiribati, (iii) Marshall Islands, (iv) Nauru, (v) Palau, (vi) Papua New Guinea, (vii) Solomon Islands and (viii) Tuvalu; and how much funding her Department allocated to each such project.

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

James Heappey: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is not just about recruitment and retention, as important as those are. It is about the confidence to pull the trigger and apply lethal force, using one’s judgment, and having the confidence that the Government will not come after people years later. It is about current operational capability.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

James Heappey: Last year, the Labour party leader was asked about article 5 of the NATO treaty and he responded: “That doesn’t necessarily mean sending troops. It means diplomatic, it means economic, it means sanctions, it means a whole range of things.” Will the hon. Lady clarify from the Dispatch Box now that, if one of our NATO allies were attacked militarily and he were Prime Minister,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

James Heappey: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right that there is a re-emergence of a peer-on-peer threat, and while some great new pieces of kit are now entering service with our Army, Navy and Air Force, does he agree that the pace of their arrival and the new capabilities that will augment them cannot be swift enough as we make sure we are capable once again of fighting against our peers, not just...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

James Heappey: Since the county council kicked off this conversation a couple of weeks ago, it has come to my attention that the Government have a figure in mind for what “substantial” means, in terms of the minimum size of an authority. Will the Minister offer any detail on that?

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

James Heappey: I am keen to understand exactly what level of support is required among local authorities. If all or most districts involved in the proposal were against it, would that be sufficient to block whatever plans might come forward?

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

James Heappey: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Does he agree that, while a referendum is certainly the way to finish this process with full public support, the problem with referendums in recent years is that people have sometimes gone into them with incomplete information at their disposal? We must insist that the county council and the districts fully resource the analysis of all...

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

James Heappey: I am sure that the hon. Lady will want to clarify that. I am sure she is not, but she seems to be saying that whatever happened on the border of Gaza yesterday has perhaps some equivalency with the behaviour of the British armed forces during their service in Northern Ireland, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

James Heappey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham) on securing the debate. I served in Northern Ireland at the end of Operation Banner, so I know very well just how politically sensitive these issues are out there. However, the current situation, with ex-soldiers still under investigation,...

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

James Heappey: That may be the case. I will talk about something slightly different in the short time I have available, drawing on my own experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, rather than getting into the intricacies of Northern Irish politics. I served in Afghanistan twice, as a platoon commander and then, latterly, as the adjutant of 2 Rifles in 2009, with a tour to Iraq in between. As a platoon commander,...

Iran Nuclear Deal (9 May 2018)

James Heappey: The Foreign Secretary has my support for the line he has taken, but he probably has less support from the Israelis, Saudis, Emiratis and other key partners in the region. What steps has he taken over the weekend to reassure those friends of ours in the region of our commitment to supporting them against the malign threat of Iran?

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