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Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: Yes, and I entirely agree. I have discovered a new organisation being set up in Cambridge called the centre for the study of existential risk, which is right up my street. Being a gloomy sort of person, that is precisely the sort of thing I am worried about, and the hon. Gentleman will not be surprised to hear that I am already in deep contact with the centre.

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I do, and I hope that in answering the debate my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces will take that point straight on the chin, because in many respects the armed forces are the resource of last resort, and cyber-security may be an area where the armed forces do not accept that responsibility. There is a necessary focus within the defence world on securing the systems and...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier), the hon. Gentleman contributes so effectively to the Defence Committee and makes an interesting point—one I had not heard before. That is the value of these debates. We will all have to think about that issue. We must seek to defend ourselves, but we must also, as has been suggested, expect to develop a capability to respond to...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I am sure that my hon. Friend is right in saying that the Government are well aware of where some of these attacks are coming from. I do not agree that it would be relatively easy to counter them, because these threats are developing at a frightening speed, as the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness said. The diversity and development of these threats is changing on a second-by-second basis. I...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: The hon. Lady is quite right. We are groping towards it, but we are not quite there. One of the benefits of this debate, of our report and of the Government’s response is to help us move to a better place.

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: I would have entirely agreed, but the problem may be whether there are enough reserves and enough people with those skills in the country at all. Let us move on towards that.

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: Interestingly, the Prime Minister, in giving evidence to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, pointed out that some of the areas had cuts but that this area was one of growth. His regret was that it had not been one of greater growth, and that that change had not been more exaggerated than it was. I ought to bring my remarks to a close, as others want to speak. Paul Dwyer...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: The Committee visited Estonia in 2009. It has still not been conclusively established who precisely was responsible for the attacks that took down much of that country’s banking system, although we have our suspicions—they may have been marching around in unmarked uniforms. We discovered that the attack had been comparatively easy to achieve. It was a distributed denial-of-service attack...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

James Arbuthnot: If there is evidence of that, I do not yet know of it. All I can say is that before the invasion of Georgia there was an extensive cyber-attack on its computer network that was very similar to the one on Estonia. I suspect that it is now a new method of fighting wars that we must all get used to. The need to share information is critical, as I have said, and important mechanisms for that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Afghanistan (10 Feb 2014)

James Arbuthnot: May I welcome and agree with what the Secretary of State and the shadow Secretary of State have said on this important subject? Does my right hon. Friend agree that one cannot sensibly discuss Afghanistan without also discussing Pakistan? That region is and will continue to be of supreme importance to this country. Does he agree that as we draw down in Afghanistan, we should consider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Senior Military Posts (Women) (3 Feb 2014)

James Arbuthnot: The hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon) asked about a military ombudsman, and my right hon. Friend talked about making a decision soon, but the excellent Dr Susan Atkins’ term of office is expiring soon. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister last month told us that he was taking a personal interest in whether we moved to a military ombudsman. May we know the time scale for this decision...

Business of the House: Armed Forces Restructuring (23 Jan 2014)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend has said this is the final tranche; well, thank God for that. What commitment can he give that this is the very last of these unwelcome statements for many years to come?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Defence Procurement (10 Dec 2013)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend has just said that these changes would “permit the recruitment into DE&S of key commercial and technical staff at market rates and with minimum bureaucracy”. What exactly does that mean? Does it mean that the civil service terms and conditions of service have been abandoned and only for DE&S?

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: Schedule 1 — Exemptions relating to premises used by a contractor (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: The focus of debate today has been on the reserves, but the issue of the withdrawal of one of the only two remaining bidding consortia from the competition to run the equipment procurement for the Minister of Defence is central to the defence procurement of this country, and I would like to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) to...

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: Schedule 1 — Exemptions relating to premises used by a contractor (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I am grateful for that clarification. So when will my hon. Friend receive the DE&S-plus bid? It would be good if he knew exactly what that DE&S-plus bid was. Will it be days, weeks or months? It is an initiative forming within his own Department and it might be better that we all discover what it is sooner rather than later. The Defence Committee has to take evidence on this fundamental shift...

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Indeed. My hon. Friend’s constituency experience is very important in this. The money for the investment to deal with emerging threats and emerging skills has to come from somewhere. I make no secret of the fact that I would like to see increased spending on defence. However, it is wholly unrealistic to expect that when every extra pound going on defence has to be added to an already...

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I am sorry that my hon. Friend does not recognise a peroration when he hears it. I am just bringing my remarks to an end, but I will give way.

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I must apologise to my hon. Friend for having entirely failed to cover in my few remarks about why I am supporting the Government the issue of SMEs, which are of less relevance to this Reservist issue than larger companies. None the less, my hon. Friend makes a perfectly sensible point, and I hope that he will be able to make it again later during the course of the debate.

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I said that there were a number of things that my hon. Friend had said and would be saying with which I entirely agree, and that is one of them. That was a peroration, so I had better sit down.

Regulation of Refractive Eye Surgery: New Clause 1 — Annual report by scrutiny group of reserve forces and cadets associations (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: As I have said before, my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) has made some sensible points that need to be taken seriously. I recall my right hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) telling the House that the Regulars would not be reduced until the Reserves had been built up to take their place. He said: “of course, the rate at which we are able to...


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