Results 1–20 of 36 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Luke Pollard

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I congratulate the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) on securing this debate via the Back-Bench Business Committee, and I was pleased to be able to support it. It is incumbent on all Members to thank our armed forces for their contribution. They do a heroic job all year round keeping us safe and defending our citizens and allies. As the son of a submariner I know from experience how important...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I invite the Minister to take this opportunity to rule out cuts to our amphibious forces in that respect, because—

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I think it is entirely possible for Ministers to set a strategy and direction in which the country will preserve its amphibious assault capabilities. The forthcoming defence capability review should be able to match that, to be honest. My concern about what is happening to amphibious assault ships is matched by the concern of many people in Plymouth after the experiences of the past couple of...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I am grateful for that intervention, which gives me an opportunity to direct the attention of the House to the comments from the hon. Gentleman about the gaming of the 2% that I believe appeared in the media recently. It is important to base the debate on capabilities, and I have clearly done that in my remarks. As we approach the latest round of defence cuts—

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I invite the hon. Gentleman to visit Plymouth, where I can show him Stonehouse barracks and the Royal Citadel, which are shortly to be closed, and HMS Ocean, which is shortly to be scrapped. The key point that I was making in my remarks, which I shall happily repeat so that it will not be missed, was about the capabilities of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. It is in the matter of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: Further to the question from the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) about the potential late tasking of lifeboats, will the Minister meet me, parliamentary colleagues and the coastguard to ensure that the launch protocols the coastguard uses are not adding undue delay in the tasking of lifeboats in emergencies?

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: I congratulate the hon. Lady on her full and extensive contribution. Does she agree that the UN report gave hope to many disabled people who felt that they were not being listened to and that, by not coming to the House to give a full statement, the Government have lost an opportunity to show that they are listening to the needs of disabled people?

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: At Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to rule out the scrapping of the Royal Navy’s entire amphibious assault capability, but she chose not to. Will the Leader of the House recognise the very genuine cross-party concern about this latest round of Government defence cuts, and will she hold a debate in Government time to help inform the...

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: It has been a bad week for the defence industry. These job losses come on top of rumours that the Government are scrapping the Royal Navy’s amphibious ship capability, and the threat to the Royal Marines. Does the Minister agree that the Government are presiding over emerging sovereign defence capability gaps, and do something about it?

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Luke Pollard: Having spent five years working for the Association of British Travel Agents and lobbying for greater holiday protection, may I extend my thanks to the people working hard for that and ask the Secretary of State to extend it to travel agents and tour operators? What hit does he expect the Air Travel Trust fund to take as a result of Monarch’s collapse, and can he give an assurance that...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: During the election campaign, I called out abuse, as an LGBT candidate. I spoke to many young LGBT people in Plymouth who are scared of calling out abuse themselves, but to whom the example of calling it out gave strength. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is incumbent on us to call it out, even though it might be hard and difficult?

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan), who made such an eloquent maiden speech in the main Chamber yesterday. To throw himself in at the deep end with a maiden speech and then a 90-minute Westminster Hall debate less than 24 hours later shows the grit and determination that Portsmouth seems to instil in its MPs. I commend him on securing...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: Devonport-based HMS Ocean is doing a superb job as part of the response to Hurricane Irma, but despite having proven its worth, the ship is due to be scrapped. The new carriers cannot replicate the unique role of HMS Ocean in littoral waters. Can the Government bring forward a debate about the risk of losing littoral helicopter carrier capabilities when HMS Ocean is scrapped or sold?

Police Pay and Funding (14 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: The Minister will know that the police force that covers both our constituencies has lost 597 police officers since 2010. What estimate has she made of how many experienced police officers will leave Devon and Cornwall police this year because they feel undervalued and devalued by a below-inflation pay rise, which is a real-terms pay cut?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (14 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: The Secretary of State will know that many of the poppies that surrounded the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of world war one are now forming a “poppy wave” over the old navy war memorial in Plymouth. Does the Secretary of State agree that the synergy of fantastic art by the artists Paul Cummings and Tom Piper, and sympathetic lighting, can be a way...

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) on securing this debate. In Plymouth, the education funding cuts for 16 to 19-year-olds are taking a real toll on many of the most vulnerable and poorest in our community. The excellent work of sixth form teachers and of the excellent City College Plymouth is being slowly undone by Government decisions to reduce funding....

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: Two years on from the Syrian boy being washed up on a beach in the Mediterranean, there is still a crisis affecting children in Europe. May we have an urgent debate on what can be done to speed up the process of reuniting the child refugees who are sleeping rough in Calais with their families in Britain?

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: As the MP for Devonport, where half the nation’s frigates are currently based, I welcome this much delayed strategy. I am concerned, though, that the £250 million price cap for a Type 31e is an accountant’s answer to a general purpose frigate, not an answer to the military question. I doubt we will get a capable frigate for that much money with a full complement of offensive...

New Housing Design (5 Sep 2017)

Luke Pollard: I commend the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) on securing this debate. Before I was elected, I worked for a consultancy advising people how to build controversial buildings, from skyscrapers to new housing developments, so I know a bit about the issue. I think we all recognise that more housing is needed, and I recognise the Create Streets agenda, which the hon. Gentleman...

Grenfell Tower (20 Jul 2017)

Luke Pollard: In Plymouth there are three tower blocks with combustible cladding. Plymouth Community Homes has acted quickly in fire testing and installing additional safety upgrades, but it needs additional information from the Government about the technical specifications of new cladding, if it is to be installed. Plymouth Community Homes and Conservative-run Plymouth City Council have written to the...


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