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

James Arbuthnot: From memory, I believe it came after that decision, but I cannot be certain. It was a good thing for the then Secretary of State to say. Quite apart from that, it is a good thing for Governments to keep their promises. However, I thought I should briefly tell the House why I shall be voting with the Government tonight. First, as my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier) said,...

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 am coming on to discuss the Reserves and why I think they are so important, I should perhaps declare an interest, in that my daughter is a second lieutenant in the Territorial Army. I think it is essential that we should change the Reserves, boosting them, their numbers, their training and the equipment available to them. As a Defence Minister in the previous Conservative Government, I...

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

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is right about that. The new cyber-command that has recently been brought on stream will achieve precisely what he describes. It will not be possible to achieve that expertise within a purely military environment; we have to rely on those who have civilian expertise, too. Because of all this, we will need new investment, in satellites and in software—in the sort of things...

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

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is making some perfectly sensible points, many of which I agree with, and I entirely agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier) that his campaign has been conducted in an extremely measured way. My difficulty with his new clause is that I think it addresses a point he is not that interested in. I think he wants to reduce or stop the running down of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Does my right hon. Friend agree that a key element of the success of the plan for the Reserves would be if he joined with the Leader of the Opposition in inspiring employers to recognise that its success—because there is no plan B—is in the national interest?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Aircraft Carriers and UK Shipbuilding (6 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend has said that “with both carriers based in Portsmouth, the tonnage of naval vessels based in the port will be at its highest level since the early 1960s”, which is excellent news. Does that mean that the Government have reached the entirely sensible decision to bring both carriers into service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Air Force (ISTAR) (4 Nov 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Given that we are a maritime nation, does my right hon. Friend agree that in the next defence and security review a maritime patrol aircraft should receive high priority?

Business of the House: Afghanistan (17 Oct 2013)

James Arbuthnot: What does my right hon. Friend regard as the greatest strategic threat to the longer-term success of our mission in Afghanistan?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident Alternatives Review (2 Sep 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Does my right hon. Friend agree that if we opted for an alternative to Trident, we should probably have to be out of the submarine building business altogether, and that that would pose a real risk to the national security of the country?

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: The hon. Gentleman is making a good point. Does he think that if a rogue commander under the Assad regime made use of chemical weapons, the fact that that regime has those detestable and illegal weapons puts responsibility for their use, if they have delegated responsibility, on the Assad regime itself?

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: In common, I suspect, with all Members, I find this an exceptionally difficult issue. My constituents hate the idea of our getting involved in Syria, and so do I. As I said earlier, I have not yet made up my mind which way to vote, but the Prime Minister’s flexibility over the past couple of days has been extremely helpful. I should like to look first at the legality of our taking action....

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I want to come to the Attorney-General’s advice. My right hon. and learned Friend is an exceptional lawyer, and therefore I have the temerity to question one aspect of what he says. The third of his conditions to be met for humanitarian action is that “the proposed use of force must be necessary and proportionate to the aim of relief of humanitarian need”. I believe that he needed to...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Well, possibly, although there is a question, if there is a new doctrine, about how far it extends. Why was it not used with Mugabe? Why was it not used with Pol Pot earlier? That is why I question the Attorney-General’s advice, with temerity and diffidence, as I say. What are the objectives of any military strike? My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said that the objective was to deter...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: No, I do not think so. I think the real reason is that unless we do something—it must not be something stupid—Assad will use more chemical weapons time and again. I believe that in order to stop the use of chemical weapons from becoming the norm, the world needs to act. The world, however, does not equal the United Kingdom. If the world wants us to act as the international policeman, let...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: Will the Prime Minister give way?

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. As he knows, a couple of days ago I expected to oppose the Government tonight, but is he aware that his determination to go down the route of the United Nations and his willingness to hold a further vote in this House will be extremely helpful to me in making up my mind tonight?

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

James Arbuthnot: rose—

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I am grateful to the Chief Secretary. I am trying to take this document seriously, but I am having some difficulty, not least because of the removal by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister of the excellent Liberal Democrat Minister from the Ministry of Defence, which shows something of his party's attitude towards defence. Does the Chief Secretary to the Treasury accept that his...

Defence Reform Bill (16 Jul 2013)

James Arbuthnot: I echo what was said by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about the quality of our armed forces and the amount that we demand of them. We are putting them through a lot at the moment. Once upon a time, before most Members were born, I was a Defence Procurement Minister, and I was delighted by the publication of the Bernard Gray report under the last Government. Sadly, the then Prime...


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