Results 321–340 of 364 for speaker:Leo Docherty

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO North Atlantic Command (27 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: Does the Secretary of State agree that, when global threats to British interests around the world are increasing, it might seem illogical to have a defence capability review that could decrease our capabilities at a time when we need to be doing everything we can to increase our armed forces’ fighting power?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Further provision about exceptions to savings and incorporation (21 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I should like to inform the House that on 11 and 17 October I tabled written questions in which I mistakenly omitted to include a reference to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, which includes a visit, in September this year, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of that country. I am pleased to be...

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

Leo Docherty: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, and I am grateful to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) for securing this important debate. We have indeed been here before. In 1981, the then Secretary of State for Defence, John Nott, scheduled in his review, “The Way Forward”, the decommissioning of our then amphibious capability, HMS Fearless and HMS...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Robert Courts) for securing this important debate. My constituency has a historical link to the British defence, aviation and aerospace industry, because in 1908 the first British flight was made by Samuel Cody from Farnborough Heath. He was piloting British Army Aeroplane No....

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

Leo Docherty: I am pleased to be able to speak in this debate. First and foremost, it is important that the discussion is based in fact. On that note, we must recognise that a 1% increase to armed forces pay was recommended in January this year—

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

Leo Docherty: In 2017. The Government accepted that recommendation. They declared that they were moving away from a blanket 1% cap on public sector pay, and we anticipate that the armed forces pay review board will make suggestions that the Government will accept. We must bear in mind that good news when we discuss this issue.

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

Leo Docherty: If the hon. Gentleman had been paying attention back in September, he would have noticed that the Government indicated that there will be a move away from a blanket 1% public sector pay cap. If the Army pay review board makes a recommendation to the Government about increasing pay, it is likely that the Government will accept it, so it is entirely erroneous to paint a picture of armed forces...

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

Leo Docherty: I shall make some progress before I give way. A few years ago, the Leader of the Opposition said: “I would like us to live in a world where we spend a lot less on defence.” In 2015, he said: “Why do we have to be able to have planes, transport aircraft, aircraft carriers and everything else to get anywhere in the world?” Shortly after that, he said: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...

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

Leo Docherty: I look forward to every single opportunity in this place to demonstrate my commitment to the armed forces, but playing the games of the Opposition will not be included in my repertoire. I was pleased during Prime Minister’s questions to extend a warm invitation to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to visit my constituency, Aldershot, the home of the British Army, and the Aldershot...

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

Leo Docherty: I am a former soldier and not a mathematician, but I suggest that the hon. Lady studies the figures that the MOD has released, which show that in 2015 the annual budget of the MOD was £34.3 billion, and that in 2020-21 it will be £39.7 billion. That number is clearly going up, so overall the budget is increasing. To characterise the situation as a landscape of cuts is, frankly, erroneous.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: My constituency of Aldershot is the home of the British Army and of many thousands of servicemen and women who are loyal, resolute and steadfast in their service to the Crown. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree, when her very busy schedule allows, to visit the Aldershot garrison to meet servicemen and women and to thank them for their service?

Written Answers — Home Office: Antisocial Behaviour (1 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support the police in tackling street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Recreation Spaces (1 Nov 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to mitigate the potential effects of local planning authorities implementing the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space policy in urban boroughs where the only green space available is already in use for leisure facilities.

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: I am very pleased to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald). At first glance, the Bill seems slightly paradoxical; we are debating flexibility in the context of Army discipline, which is traditionally extremely rigid. Judging by all the knowledge that has informed contributions in the Chamber this evening, I think that a lot of right hon. and hon. Members have an...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: Yes is the answer—absolutely. The Bill is about retention, recruitment and the attractiveness of the whole proposition. I am very encouraged—I shall mention this again in a minute—by the greater specialisation that we will have under Army 2020. As I have said, we need to draw a parallel with the 1890s. Back then, officers regarded their force as very small by Victorian standards. We are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia: Military Alliances (25 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he expects defence cooperation between the UK and Saudi Arabia to increase as a result of his Department's announcement of the UK signing of a new military and security cooperation agreement with that country on 19 September 2017.

Raqqa and Daesh (24 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: The Minister has mentioned Iran. Does he think that the role played by Iran in both Syria and Iraq presents a threat to our interests?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Mental Health (23 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: Veterans have done their duty and we must ensure that we do ours by them. Can the Minister say a few words about what extra steps are being taken by the Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Board to address this critical issue?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Qatar: European Fighter Aircraft (23 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide an update on progress on the potential order by Qatar of 24 Typhoon aircraft.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft: Saudi Arabia (20 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to support the sale of a second tranche of Typhoon aircraft to Saudi Arabia.


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