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Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I entirely confirm what the hon. Lady has just said. The hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) was the first to demand this inquiry, and has led it throughout. We are grateful to her for her commitment, even though she is not here today.

Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: We are an island. That makes what happens around our coasts of great importance to us. We are a member of the permanent five in the UN Security Council, of the Commonwealth, of the European Union, of NATO and of other organisations, which, added together, means that we are a world power, with global responsibilities and interests. That makes what happens in the seas of the world of great...

Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: No, that was a joke—at least, I think it was. But the cancellation of the project was the one change that troubled the Ministry of Defence most in the SDSR. The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff told the Defence Committee: “It would be fair to say that among the Chiefs of Staff and in the military advice, it was one of the most difficult decisions to come to terms with, because it has...

Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: The hon. Gentleman might say that, but as a former Chief Whip, I couldn’t possibly comment. The threats that require maritime surveillance are evolving and have become more non-military in nature. The Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 rather illustrate that, in that they were launched from the sea. Our report concluded that it was a weakness that there was not a single individual within the...

Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Maritime surveillance is carried out at the moment in a nationwide fashion. To my mind, it is difficult to see how smaller units or entities could have a separate capability not backed up by MOD resources. We as a Committee have not reached that conclusion however, as my hon. Friend knows, because we have not yet concluded our inquiry into the defence consequences of an independent Scotland....

Maritime Surveillance (7 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I do acknowledge that. My hon. Friend, whose membership of the Select Committee is extremely helpful, anticipates a point that I was about to come on to—as I would expect her to. Situations change rapidly: we have been deployed in Libya, and we are now involved in Mali. The question is whether the Ministry of Defence could rapidly regenerate a maritime surveillance requirement. Will the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Feb 2013)

James Arbuthnot: At the time of the strategic defence and security review two and a half years ago, my right hon. Friend said: “My own strong view is that this structure will require year-on-year real-terms growth in the defence budget in the years beyond 2015.”—[ Official Report, 19 October 2010; Vol. 516, c. 799.] Does that remain his view and has he heard any similar view expressed by the Leader of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Algeria (21 Jan 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Let me echo what my right hon. Friend said about the very effective work with constituency Members done during the crisis by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt). Will my right hon. Friend confirm that this appalling attack had clearly been planned a long time before the French took action in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Afghanistan (19 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. My question is about force protection. As all the ISAF countries begin to draw down, they will have concerns about force protection, including how to protect increasingly isolated units. What is being done to reduce the isolation of ISAF units and to share possible force protection measures across ISAF countries and the Afghan national security forces?

Backbench Business: Defence Personnel (6 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: With the leave of the House, Mr Deputy Speaker, may I start my contribution, after a debate in which it has been a great privilege to take part, on a note of disagreement? In a year in which we have celebrated Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee and the greatest Olympics the world has ever seen, I must disagree with the suggestion of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Ms Stuart) that we...

Backbench Business: Defence Personnel (6 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: May I gently draw the attention of the shadow Minister to the fact that the accounts were qualified in every year under the last Labour Government as well?

Backbench Business: Defence Personnel (6 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: Does my hon. Friend agree that Sir Neil has not only put in a large amount of his own time and considerable expertise but has invested a large amount of his own money into creating the scheme, and that it is has proved so successful that it has been copied in other countries around the world and has given rise to similar schemes for the police, for example?

Backbench Business: Defence Personnel (6 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of defence personnel. If I may, I would like to begin, rather oddly, by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara) on the previous debate, which was outstanding—despite the fact that it has taken time away from the defence debate. I think that it was a really worthwhile way of starting today’s...

Backbench Business: Defence Personnel (6 Dec 2012)

James Arbuthnot: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. The Chief of the General Staff was asked a similar question when he appeared before us yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the timing of statements is a matter for the Government. We will have to wait to hear from the Minister whether this has been affected by the changes announced in yesterday’s autumn statement, but he will have heard the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Middle East (20 Nov 2012)

James Arbuthnot: I draw the House’s attention to my interests as declared in the register. Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is a world of difference between Hamas, which specifically targets Israeli children, and Israel, which does its best to avoid killing Palestinian children, although both sometimes fail?

Business of the House: Future Reserves 2020 (8 Nov 2012)

James Arbuthnot: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on this statement, and I know that he will agree with me that the House will also wish to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier), without whose persistence this statement would not have taken place. I declare an interest, in that my daughter is a reservist second lieutenant. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it is so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Afghanistan (NATO Strategy) (18 Sep 2012)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend said that the new measures announced by ISAF were prudent but temporary. In what respect are they temporary? In what respect can they be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Defence Equipment and Support (17 Jul 2012)

James Arbuthnot: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a matter of such crucial importance that it is important that it should not become a party political plaything, and if it can be done in such a way as to attract the support of all sides of the House, the benefits that will flow from these changes will come sooner and they will flow much more copiously, and we will reach the sunlit uplands of wonderful...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Farnborough Air Show (16 Jul 2012)

James Arbuthnot: The fact that last week some 16 Ministers attended the Farnborough air show, all of whom showed a great degree of knowledge and interest, and the fact that the Prime Minister opened it with an outstanding speech, went down extremely well with the defence industry. Is my hon. Friend able to say whether exactly the same will happen in two years’ time?

Business of the House: Army 2020 (5 Jul 2012)

James Arbuthnot: At last, the uncertainty that has been hanging over the Army’s head has been dispelled. We can all be thankful for that, and I know that the Army will be. However, this plan relies on an increase in the recruitment of reservists unparalleled in modern history. What gives my right hon. Friend confidence that that will happen, and what incentives will employers be offered to release their...

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