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

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend was the instigator of my first meeting with the Post Office, which was during the previous Parliament. Unfortunately he was then translated to the Cabinet, so he was unable to pursue these issues as he had previously. He is absolutely right, and I will return to his point in my suggestions, which I hope the Minister will consider.

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

James Arbuthnot: Three or four weeks ago I would have given a different answer to my hon. and learned Friend’s question, but I am afraid that I no longer have faith in the scheme. Whether his constituent wishes to be in a scheme in which she may or may not have faith has to be up to her, but the Post Office certainly should not have an arbitrary cut-off point for examining such issues of injustice. I...

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

James Arbuthnot: I know that the hon. Gentleman was intending to have an Adjournment debate; I am very sorry that I pinched his idea and did it instead. I am grateful for his support on this issue. He has been making these points for some time. We must get to the bottom of these cases, and I am afraid that we cannot rely on the Post Office to see right. My constituent, Jo Hamilton, pleaded guilty. She had a...

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

James Arbuthnot: As my hon. Friend suggests, and as my hon. and learned Friend the Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) suggested earlier, it is becoming increasingly untenable for the Post Office to act as its own prosecutor without the independent look that the Crown Prosecution Service would bring. My impression is that the Post Office shares that view, and the sooner it can get rid of...

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

James Arbuthnot: That is a very difficult question to answer, because the Post Office pleads secrecy. It will not tell us what is happening in the mediation scheme. We asked in July how the mediation scheme was going, but it refused to tell Members of Parliament because it was all confidential.

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

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. When people’s houses are being repossessed, as is happening throughout the country, time really matters. The Post Office has been arguing that these cases should be excluded. It has been doing it at a stage of the process when there is not professional representation in front of the working group, because no professional advisers have appeared before...

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

James Arbuthnot: Well, yes, it has been. My hon. Friend has been working on this issue since the very beginning. Obviously, constituency cases are confidential to constituency MPs. All I can say is that my own constituent, Jo Hamilton, has been told that she cannot have a result until after Second Sight has produced its report in April. I first became concerned about her case in 2008, and this sort of time...

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...

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...

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...


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