Results 1–20 of 43 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Leo Docherty

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: The hon. Gentleman mentioned tax. If we had a Labour Government, by how much would corporation tax rise?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: The hon. Gentleman mentioned ideology. The shadow Chancellor is on record from 2013 as being a self-declared Marxist. Does the hon. Gentleman share that ideology? Is he a Marxist, too?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: The hon. Gentleman is presuming to tell us about the opinion of the electorate, but I appeal to him to bear in mind my constituents’ opinion during the rest of his remarks. They fear the unleashing of Marxist mayhem by the shadow Chancellor. Can the hon. Gentleman confirm that in 2013, the shadow Chancellor said that “I’m straight, I’m honest with people: I’m a...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: I know Labour Members are not necessarily very good at numbers, but for the benefit of people watching, will the hon. Gentleman say very clearly how much his proposed policies will cost, including the renationalisation of our major industries? Will he give us a figure, and where does he expect the money to come from?

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: My hon. Friend makes his point very eloquently. Does he agree that the link between business and education establishments is really important? Industry knows what it wants, and if it tells educational establishments what it wants, people will study for apprenticeships with enthusiasm because they know that they will be employed meaningfully at the end. We have had tremendous success with...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: My hon. Friend is making an eloquent point about her constituency of Redditch. I am very pleased that my constituency of Aldershot has experienced a remarkable decrease in youth unemployment: it was 450 back in 2010, and it is now 110. Is there a similar picture in Redditch? I would be very interested to learn whether there has been a similarly remarkable decrease in youth unemployment in...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Leo Docherty: To continue that point, I have experience of meeting apprentices in my constituency. They are hugely grateful for the opportunity to work with businesses. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is the role that business plays that is critical in making apprenticeships a success? It has been the engine driving the remarkable increase in apprenticeships over the past several years. The growth has...

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...

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...

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:...

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,...


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