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Business of the House (13 Jan 2022)

Sarah Atherton: As we know, the Welsh NHS is managed by the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff, and the biggest challenge facing my constituents is access to healthcare. Twelve hours in A&E is now normal, as are two weeks to get a repeat prescription and patients having to travel over the border to access minor injury units. I understand that that is not this Government’s jurisdiction, but can my right...

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Sarah Atherton: Wockhardt in Wrexham made the AstraZeneca vaccine ready, setting the scene for Wrexham to be at the forefront of opportunities. Does the Minister agree that now is the time to encourage young people, including women, into STEM opportunities, and that Wrexham, with Glyndŵr University and Coleg Cambria, is just the place to do that?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Wales (10 Jan 2022)

Sarah Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase testing capacity for heavy goods vehicle drivers in Wales.

Armed Forces Bill: Clause 7 - Concurrent jurisdiction (13 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: The Bill is excellent and much needed. It will improve the lives of service personnel while modernising our military for the future. I support the Bill and commend the Minister for getting it through so far. I want to focus on Lords amendment 1B, which would see murder, manslaughter and rape with penetration tried in a civilian court. The House is aware that the Defence Committee’s inquiry...

backbench business: [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: Thank you, Dr Huq. I want to finish on a positive note. I was on “Woman’s Hour” last week. Eight minutes after I had finished, I received an email, which said: “Idiots like you push women to enter a very male environment and then moan when the normal biological functions take place.” That is the attitude that we here are trying to remove. On a positive note, I met a young—compared...

backbench business: [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: You have not mentioned cases of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Are they going to be dealt with within the same process as you just outlined now? Going back to the further point about welfare, am I right in thinking that what you said is that rape cases should primarily be heard within the military jurisdiction because of welfare reasons? We know from our evidence and from visits to...

backbench business: [Dr Rupa Huq in the Chair] (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Second Report of the Defence Committee, Protecting those who protect us: Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life, HC 154, and the Government Response, HC 904. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Dr Huq. I thank the Liaison Committee for granting this important debate on the Ministry of Defence’s response to...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is a real privilege to be able to give this statement to the House today, on behalf of the Defence Committee. First, I wish to put on the record my interest as parliamentary patron for the veterans’ charity Forward Assist. In July, the Defence Committee published a report on the lived experiences of women in the armed forces and female veterans. The...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank the hon. Member for his question. He has been extremely supportive throughout this work, and, like me, sits on the Defence Committee. He is quite right: we both identified that we needed to make sure that the voice of the junior ranks was equal to that of the senior ranks. I know that the Ministry of Defence has referred back to the women’s defence network, and I have assurances...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: All I can say to my right hon. Friend is thank you very much.

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank the hon. Member for her questions. Based on the evidence that we have received, I absolutely disagree with the MOD’s statement about the level of abuse. Some 62% of our survey respondents had received some sort of abuse. The RAF did the best out of the three services. We had the least amount of evidence coming in from the RAF. This needs to be looked at. It is a younger service. We...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for his question, and recognise that he was the previous Justice Minister. He is quite right when it comes to investigations. Many women told me that the investigation process was almost as traumatic as the incident itself, which then affected their future lives. Many of them were discharged on the back of the incident and the investigation, and then a...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The MOD has had strategies in place for many years around flexible working. I think my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood) may have been involved with putting those in place, but some of the evidence that we heard was that, while they were available, they were hard to get. Personnel were denied access to these schemes...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank the hon. Member for her question. The Secretary of State asked the Defence Committee to visit Harrogate to see what it was doing around support for young servicewomen, and we were quite impressed. The MOD has acknowledged that there is a problem, which is a big step in itself. It is one of our oldest, most male-dominated institutions and it has now recognised and vocalised that there...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank the hon. Lady for her support over the last 18 months. Obviously, I agree that the Government should look at that issue again, and we will be looking at it as we go forward.

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: I thank the Minister for his response. We will continue to work together.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Triumph (1 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Triumph will start her re-fit program; and what the anticipated date is that she will re-enter service.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Somerset (1 Dec 2021)

Sarah Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of when HMS Somerset will (a) commence sea trials and (b) be programmed for re-entry into service.


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