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Results 101–120 of 1600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My understanding is that the figure is something like that, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman, who has been a key member of the working group of MPs on this issue, will be able to expand on that point when he makes his speech, because I do not know the full detail. The Post Office carried out no proper investigation into what had happened to Jo Hamilton. Julian Wilson, of the Redditch...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. and learned Friend makes an interesting point. The thing that I am worried about most is that it is often impossible to find those flaws in the software that could have caused some of these problems. Second Sight’s interim report did not find major problems with the software, but as I said at the beginning that does not mean that such problems did not exist. To my mind, the Post...

Post Office Mediation Scheme — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Dec 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend makes an interesting, worthwhile point. I hope that Second Sight will indeed have a role to play. It is meant to be independent: that is how my hon. Friend the Minister described it in last year’s statement. I hope that its approach to documents will be equally independent. I hope that the Minister is able to assure us of that. There may be a role for the Select Committee on...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Law (10 Nov 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I ought to declare an interest because my wife is a judge who deals with European arrest warrants on a regular basis. The suggestion that there is no judicial oversight of European arrest warrants in this country is nonsense. Please will my right hon. Friend stick to her guns, because I do not want this country to become a haven for foreign criminals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: EU Budget (Surcharge) (10 Nov 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I think I am missing something here. Can my right hon. Friend confirm that the only reason we are discussing the payment of an EU surcharge at all is because of the stunningly impressive handling of the economy by my right hon. Friend?

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Petitions: Local planning in Hampshire (12 May 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My constituents have the good fortune to live in a part of the country that is extremely attractive, so attractive that others want to live there, and that creates intense planning pressure. In the district of Hart, there is no up-to-date local plan for reasons my local residents consider to be unfair. As a result, I present this petition today on behalf of Michael Morris, Jonathan Glen,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (17 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: On Thursday, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced that the Service Complaints Commissioner would become an ombudsman, for which the existing commissioner, the excellent Dr Susan Atkins, and the Defence Committee have been calling for years. Does the Under-Secretary agree that this very welcome move will mean that the complaints system will be both quicker and...

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: (Select Committee Statement) There is little time available to us, so I shall cut my remarks to the bone in order to allow other Members to ask questions about the Defence Committee’s report, “Future Army 2020”—a report which speaks for itself. We welcome many aspects of the changes that are being introduced by the Ministry of Defence. We welcome the increased spending on the...

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I do consider that there is that risk, and I consider that it is a twofold risk. There is the risk that already exists because of the recruiting issues about which we have expressed concern, but there is an even greater risk of further raids on the defence budget in the future. I personally believe that the defence budget should increase, but in any event we must guard against both those risks.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I am far too old to be astonished by anything, but I will say that many such issues came to light, and were dealt with, only as a result of my hon. Friend’s assiduity and fantastic work.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: In answer to the hon. Gentleman’s final question, I would say that we may be too late for that, because the recruitment notices have probably already been delivered. However, it is worrying that the 82,500 figure does not appear to have been subjected to any tests or experiments to establish whether it adequately addressed the threats that the country faces. As I said in my brief statement,...

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I do agree with the hon. Gentleman, who also does assiduous work on the Defence Committee. It should not be civil servants who determine the size of the Army; it should be this House that determines the size of the Army—it should be Ministers. Ministers are, of course, in overall control, but these are issues that should be discussed by the House of Commons on a regular basis and determined...

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I agree with the hon. Lady, who serves so wonderfully on the Select Committee. These issues are brought out clearly in the report. She also referred to the matter in the estimates debate on Tuesday. There are real shortages in relation to cyber-reserves. We must build up those specialist areas to guard against the threats this country faces.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend, who also serves on the Defence Committee, makes, as always, a very good point. It is a matter not of astonishment, because I am not astonished about anything, but of surprise that the National Security Council has not already been brought into this process. It needs to be brought into the next process on a regular basis.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: In our report the Defence Committee calls on the Government to set out how they would rapidly rebuild the regulars as well as building on the reservists. It is difficult enough as it is to recruit into the regulars and the reservists, but regeneration of that capability is important, and the Government must address that.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend makes an important point. We say in the report: “We note that Reservists are cheaper to employ so long as they are not called up. This will only prove to be a cost saving so long as future governments are not required to undertake operations. This will need to be closely monitored.” I hope—indeed, I am sure—that the Government will do exactly that.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: The hon. Gentleman, who has been on the Defence Committee since, I think, 2003, and who knows more about it than any of us, is quite right. He will raise his points in the next Defence Committee inquiry into Future Force 2020, which will tie together all these issues in the reports that the Committee does to build up to the next defence and security review.

Future Army 2020 (6 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is right. The fighting power of the Army seems to have been less used than we would like by the MOD both as a concept and in its language in recent years. Fighting power involves the conceptual component—the thought process—the moral component, which is the ability to get people to fight, and the physical component, or the means to fight. We call on the MOD to produce a...


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