Leo Docherty: What steps the Government are taking to help improve the cyber-security of public and private sector organisations.
Leo Docherty: I am grateful for that response. Does my right hon. Friend agree that a sovereign capability is very important when it comes to cyber-security and that, when Government contracts are awarded, British companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, should be given preference?
Leo Docherty: Figures released yesterday show that for the first time ever, more than half of disabled people are now in work, including many military veterans, so will the Prime Minister join me in thanking those employers who have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, which has allowed such great strides to be made in this area?
Leo Docherty: Does my hon. Friend agree that driving up standards is linked, importantly, to the increase in choice? It was choice that my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) introduced in his groundbreaking reform of bringing forward free schools in 2010, and it is the freedom for parents to choose that drives up excellence.
Leo Docherty: Does my hon. Friend agree that the slashing by one third of business rates for small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy, is further good news for business and is to be welcomed?
Leo Docherty: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Leo Docherty: My right hon. Friend may not have read “Economics for the Many” by the shadow Chancellor, but he will not be surprised to learn that in that book the shadow Chancellor says that the fact that Labour’s figures do not add up is “largely irrelevant.” Does he agree that that shows a shocking disregard for the economic future of our great country?
Leo Docherty: Surely the greatest threat to this country is not no deal, but a Labour Government and the tax bombshell that would come with them.
Leo Docherty: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Leo Docherty: I am very pleased to be called to speak in this important debate. I welcome the Budget very much, especially the cut in business rates, which will have a hugely positive impact on many businesses in my constituency. One such business in Aldershot is the butcher Alf Turner, a long-standing establishment founded in 1956. Madam Deputy Speaker, you will know that it is not only Budget week, but...
Leo Docherty: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. The wholesale economic devastation that would be the consequence of Labour’s nationalisation plan—I do not know whether it has a plan to nationalise sausage production, but I hope not—would be clear. We have to make the case for the free market. In this day and age, it is astonishing that Labour Front Benchers espouse an ideology...
Leo Docherty: I am very grateful for that intervention. Absolutely—it puts those two sets of values into stark and very worrying contrast. The free market is not an ideology but an inevitable human condition, which Conservative Members rightly espouse. We must call out at every turn the Marxist ideology of Opposition Front Benchers, and we must also reflect that those who had the unpleasant experience of...
Leo Docherty: This Budget has delivered a tax cut for 32 million people. Can the hon. Gentleman clarify Labour’s position, because the shadow Chancellor says that he supports that but the Leader of the Opposition says he does not? What is Labour’s policy?
Leo Docherty: What recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the digital sector to the UK economy.
Leo Docherty: Does the Minister agree that the remarkable growth of UK digital companies—UKCloud in Farnborough in my constituency was the fastest growing tech company in the UK last year—shows that the digital sector is in rude health?
Leo Docherty: What steps is the Department taking to increase the participation of young people in sport?
Leo Docherty: What steps have been taken to counter the rise of Russian influence inside Libya?
Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to seek to ensure the Saudi Arabian Government and the Turkish Government conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
Leo Docherty: To ask the Attorney General, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the protection of British military veterans from prosecution; and if he will he make a statement.
Leo Docherty: It is a regrettable fact that the legal pursuit of our veterans is a significant deterrent to recruitment. What concrete steps is the Department taking to bring it to an end?