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UK Amphibious Capability — [James Gray in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I shall be brief; there are just one or two points that I want to make. I thank the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth), for the second time in two debates, for securing this debate. I look at this debate through the prism of what kind of country we want to be. If we want to be a country that can project force...

Yemen (20 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: What are the Government doing to bring all parties together, so that we can find an overall, collective solution to this tragedy?

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: It is a pleasure to follow so many Members who have spoken with such passion and knowledge on this topic, about which all of us on both sides of the House are dedicated. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting the debate, and the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) for having co-sponsored it with me. I refer the House, too, to my declaration in the Register of...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: The hon. Gentleman is right. Typhoon, the F-35 and, in my constituency, the A400M have all had a gestation period of between 20 and 30 years, depending on how we cut the initial date. In that case, we need to be looking at what will replace the Typhoon when it is out of service in 2040. It is counterintuitive when we have not got joint strike fighter F-35 in service yet, but we need to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful case. I declare my interest as a deputy leader of West Oxfordshire District Council until I was elected to this House. I know that I am not the only alumnus of that council in the Chamber. The Publica Group is starting work this month for Forest of Dean District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and partner councils, with all the public sector...

Zimbabwe: Points of Order (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: rose—

Zimbabwe: Points of Order (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. A number of concerns have recently been raised with you about the situation when a political party has not voted on a non-binding motion of this House. The Government have said they will respond to any such motion within 12 weeks. Well, last night the Opposition failed to vote on a meaningful motion with real, historic significance. Have you received any...

Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: Zimbabwe a National Emergency—ZANE—is a wonderful charity based in Witney that provides much-needed care to the people of Zimbabwe. Will my right hon. Friend please confirm that he will have any discussions necessary with the charitable sector to ensure that, during this period of political instability, much-needed aid still gets through?

Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: And a former Member of Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Foreign Direct Investment (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: What steps the Government are taking to attract foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Foreign Direct Investment (15 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: Will my hon. Friend confirm that Northern Ireland remains one of the most attractive parts of the UK in which to invest, and that the key to that continuing will be working with a restored Executive to ensure that Northern Ireland benefits from our modern industrial strategy?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Robert Courts: Does my hon. Friend agree that the approach to this debate carries the danger that it becomes very simplistic? Evidence tends to suggest that other issues, such as accommodation—the RAF housing at Carterton in my constituency very much needs attention—and the effect on family life, are more important than pay alone.

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