Results 81–100 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Brazier

Air Cadet Organisation and Gliding (13 Apr 2016)

Julian Brazier: If I may, I will come back to my hon. Friend’s intervention towards the end of my speech. In November, I had the privilege of watching the cadets from 1838 (Elm Park) Squadron—it is based in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch and Upminster—march proudly alongside the Royal British Legion at the Lords Mayor’s show. They are great ambassadors for the air cadet...

Air Cadet Organisation and Gliding (13 Apr 2016)

Julian Brazier: I am looking forward to the hon. Gentleman coming to see me shortly. I should say that we are setting up an air experience flight of powered aircraft in Ireland. Northern Ireland will be getting one of the two new offerings of air experience flights with Grob Tutors. I appreciate that the loss of any volunteer gliding squadron will be disappointing, not least for the volunteers, who...

Air Cadet Organisation and Gliding (13 Apr 2016)

Julian Brazier: I will have to come back to the hon. Lady in writing on the last part of her question about the detailed position, although I may be able to answer it in a minute. As for the first part of her question, we envisage, as at present, cadets doing a mixture of gliding and powered flying. The powered flying will now be available in Northern Ireland, but the plan is for the gliding to have to be...

Air Cadet Organisation and Gliding (13 Apr 2016)

Julian Brazier: Thank you, Ms Vaz. I failed to say how much I have enjoyed speaking under your chairmanship for the first time. The note says that cadets are assisted through squadron and wing HQ budgets. Similar to when they attend annual camps in mainland UK, food and accommodation are free to cadets.[Official Report, 27 April 2016, Vol. 608, c. 1MC.] Question put and agreed to.

Clydebank Blitz Anniversary (15 Mar 2016)

Julian Brazier: I congratulate the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes) on a truly remarkable speech. I apologise for having been unable to join him in the Crypt today. The Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister for Defence Procurement, my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne), were there, but unfortunately other duties prevented me from joining them. The hon....

Clydebank Blitz Anniversary (15 Mar 2016)

Julian Brazier: Indeed. The hon. Lady is quite right. The emergency services and the volunteers struggled against the growing fires and explosions. Some of the craters still had unexploded bombs in them. People were straining every sinew to save lives. One man, John Woodcock, was recovered alive from under the rubble eight days later. The Glasgow Herald reported at the time: “The cool, unwavering courage...

Clydebank Blitz Anniversary (15 Mar 2016)

Julian Brazier: I was not aware of that, but it was one of the greatest privileges of my life to have had a school teacher who had been a naval reservist and a boffin who persuaded the Navy that a particular gizmo was too complicated for the Navy. He was therefore taken to sea as a naval instructor and was decorated for gallantry in that same action. Like the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire, I applaud...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (29 Feb 2016)

Julian Brazier: The new light general purpose frigate will be crucial to the longer-term future of the UK’s warship-building industry and will form a central part of the national shipbuilding strategy, which is due to be published later this year. No decision is expected to be made on the build location until the programme has further matured.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (29 Feb 2016)

Julian Brazier: To date, £3.5 billion has been spent on the aircraft carrier programme in Scotland. In 2014, we placed a £348 million contract for three offshore patrol vessels, helping to sustain 800 Scottish jobs, and helping, too, to secure the skills for the eight Type 26 global combat ships planned to be constructed on the Clyde. The general purpose frigates may also be built on the Clyde, but it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (29 Feb 2016)

Julian Brazier: Yes; they are fine ships, but mistakes were made under the last Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (29 Feb 2016)

Julian Brazier: My hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement has already given a comprehensive answer on the use of steel. There will be an opportunity to bid, as has always been the case, but we clearly cannot commit in advance. We do not even know for certain that British companies will bid. We cannot commit at this stage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: This Government believe we can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the European Union. The cornerstone of our security, however, is NATO, while the EU plays a significant role in complementing NATO—for example, in imposing sanctions on Russia. Defence remains a sovereign issue.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: The Prime Minister was quite right that our relationship with our European partners plays a very important role in defence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: The EU battle groups have not yet been deployed. The EU does have five significant common security and defence policy missions at the moment, complementing areas where NATO has chosen not to become involved.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: I see no reason why they should be.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: I share my hon. Friend’s concern in this area. He may wish to put a question on that to the excellent Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster), who has responsibility for veterans, shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: As far as I can see, none.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: My hon. Friend is quite right. We all agree—in fact, both sides of the House used to agree—that the cornerstone of our defence is a nuclear-armed NATO. He is of course right in saying that, in any scenario, we will continue to co-operate with the other members of the EU, the majority of whom belong to NATO anyway.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: Nobody is suggesting less co-operation on defence matters with our European partners or anyone else.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence and National Security (EU) (18 Jan 2016)

Julian Brazier: The Typhoon, which the hon. Gentleman gives as an example of collaboration, was a collaboration between NATO countries. I am not sure that I fully followed the remainder of his question. It was something about defence manufacturers. Let us be clear: NATO, and not the EU, is the central plank of our defence policy.


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