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Strength of the UK’s Armed Forces (14 Apr 2021)

Johnny Mercer: ...experience that was made more unpleasant by the management and leadership of the Department at the time. So I will take no lessons in party politics when it comes to what has happened with defence. We all agree that strong armed forces are essential to the wellbeing of our nation. As the Minister for the Armed Forces, my hon. Friend the Member for Wells (James Heappey), mentioned, the...

Financial Services Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (14 Apr 2021)

Baroness Noakes: ...to do following consultation. This is particularly important because the Government’s analysis of parliamentary scrutiny in their consultation document was not encouraging; it was largely a defence of the existing committee activities in each House, with no regard to the new circumstances created by the extensive new rule-making powers. The Government—somewhat surprisingly, given their...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

David Cleevely: I am David Cleevely. I am a serial entrepreneur with a background in telecoms and biotech. I have done a lot of work on Government policy, been a board member of the Ministry of Defence and founded networking organisations, including the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. I am glad to see that Bob, who helped me get that off the ground in the early...

Lobbying of Government Committee (14 Apr 2021)

Andrew Bowie: ...politics. It is ill-thought-through, but even worse than that is the stench of hypocrisy that remains in the air given some of the utterances from Opposition Members. I notice that the shadow Defence Secretary, the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey), is opening the next debate. It was he who wrote to the Business Secretary asking him to expand Greensill’s access...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

Dr Highnam: Yes. You join a place like DARPA to change your field and make a difference for defence. We are a defence agency. When you come to DARPA, we give you the lever arm, we help you position the fulcrum, we give you the mass to make things happen, and we give you the processes around you to make sure, as Regina said, you do it fairly, openly and robustly. We do exit interviews when...

Public Bill Committee: Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill: Examination of Witnesses (14 Apr 2021)

...this and it has not always been successful—is when it is on the back of a strong system. For example, DARPA in the US would have failed miserably had there not also been a strong military and defence system. Secondly, it has to work across Government. DARPA in the US, for example, works with the small business innovation research programme, a procurement programme across all the...

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (14 Apr 2021)

International Relations and Defence Committee: The UK’s security and trade relationship with China. Oral evidence; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Virtual meeting

Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Apr 2021)

Keir Starmer: I have not heard a defence that ridiculous since my last days in the Crown court. It is called the shoplifters’ defence—“Everyone else is nicking stuff, so why can’t I?” It never worked. I remind the Prime Minister that I not only prosecuted shoplifters; I prosecuted MPs over the MPs’ expenses scandal, so I stand on my record. That line just isn’t going to wash with me. It was a...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Africa: Democracy (14 Apr 2021)

James Duddridge: ...needs of the country concerned. Our approach is principled but practical, based on an understanding of where and how we can affect positive change. The UK is a strong advocate for the promotion and defence of democracy in Africa. We support a wide range of democracy-building initiatives, including funding Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that increase citizen participation, promoting...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Domestic Abuse Bill (14 Apr 2021)

Victoria Atkins: ...in relation to judicial training this amendment is fundamentally at odds with the constitutional principle of judicial independence. Reasonable force in domestic abuse cases and statutory defence of previous domestic abuse (Lords amendments 37, 38 and 83) The Government understands the motivation behind these amendments, but we are clear that the existing full and partial defences are...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (13 Apr 2021)

Pat McFadden: ...nothing to do with the Treasury. Ignore all the press releases, ignore all the tweets, ignore the Instagram videos, ignore the invitations to “Ask Rishi”. It turns out that the case for the defence is that it is all somebody else’s responsibility. But that will not wash—it will not wash at all. At the heart of the Finance Bill are the tax changes set out in the Budget. As we...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 14 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Dannatt: ...we have a common objective in doing the right thing by our serving and veteran personnel, then I fail to see why clearly setting out a duty of care is causing so much difficulty for the Ministry of Defence. In Committee, there was some discussion about whether this was the right Bill to address these issues. Many of us argued that, if we were to lose this Bill, it could be quite some time...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Hope of Craighead: ...decisions taken by the people engaged in them are exposed to the risk of being said to be in breach of the convention rights. I delivered the leading judgment in the case of Smith v The Ministry of Defence, which the noble Lord, Lord Hendy, referred to earlier this afternoon. One of his clients was the mother of a solider who was, unfortunately, killed by friendly fire from a tank...

Bay Local Authority in North Lancashire and South Cumbria: UK Asylum System and Asylum Seekers’ Mental Health (13 Apr 2021)

Kevin Foster: ...and secure accommodation while their claims are considered. The challenges encountered throughout the pandemic have led to the use of contingency accommodation, including hotels and Ministry of Defence sites, and to some people being accommodated in such accommodation for more than a brief period. We are working closely with local authorities across the United Kingdom and with our...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: ...under the ECHR. That is because there would be an unjustifiable difference in treatment between different categories of claimants—for example, between service personnel and the Ministry of Defence civilian personnel who deploy alongside them on overseas operations … There is therefore no objective or functional reason why claims from service personnel and veterans should be excluded...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: ...is outrageous. Even today’s Daily Mail editorial condemns the Government for apparently legitimising torture in the way that the Bill does. In light of the fact that the Minister has given no defence whatever, I insist that we test of the will of the House on this amendment. Ayes 333, Noes 228.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 2 (13 Apr 2021)

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick: ...Friday agreement—a view also taken by the noble Lord, Lord Hendy. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who is very much a learned lawyer, said that this was about protecting the defence of the UK. While I understand that argument, I am none the less concerned that there will be contraventions of the Belfast agreement in terms of the ECHR. The noble Lord, Lord...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Morris of Aberavon: ...in our courts pointing out discrepancies in the accounts of different witnesses of very simple circumstances. The deeper one dug, the greater the rewards. They were frequently meat and drink to a defence lawyer who did not have much greater ammunition. I will mention rape trials as an example. Whenever the defences consent, in my experience, the chances of a London jury convicting when no...

Greensill Capital (13 Apr 2021)

Paul Scully: ...were taken independently, and that included rejecting Greensill from being able to access the higher level of loan facility, the only request for which came from the shadow Secretary of State for Defence, the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey).

Global Human Security — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (13 Apr 2021)

James Cleverly: ...that they deserve. As a number of contributors have mentioned, we live in an increasingly competitive, dangerous and, as the hon. Lady said, complex world. The integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy highlighted three broad and significant challenges including, first, the challenge from autocratic regimes that seek to undermine human rights and open...


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