Results 141–160 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: The 2% commitment enables us to reconfirm the additional £1.8 billion for the reserves. All reservists today are routinely supplied with the same uniform and personal equipment as their regular counterparts, and last year we were able to bring forward earlier than expected £45 million of investment for dismounted close combat equipment. I am afraid that it is above my pay grade to answer my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: As a former Defence Minister, the hon. Gentleman will know that Ministers of the Crown never talk about special forces in the Chamber. On his wider point about the size of the pool in the armed forces as a whole, our commitment, as shown most recently by the 2% announcement, is to outstanding armed forces in quality and equipment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: We will have to wait for tomorrow’s judgment before making a decision on that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: The Major Projects Authority reviewed the Future Reserves 2020 programme almost a year ago, in September 2014. By convention the review is published six months behind, and because of purdah and the election it was published something like 10 months behind. A great deal of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: The target of 30,000 Army reservists—indeed, 35,000 trained reservists across the three services—was firmly in the Conservative party’s manifesto, and this Conservative Government are committed to delivering it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: As my hon. Friend knows, the Government do not accept that the expansion of the reserves was a direct swap with regulars in the way that he describes. The purposes of the reserve forces were set out in the commission—which, as he says, carried my signature—and were threefold: to provide extra capacity at slightly lower readiness; to provide skills not available to the military; and to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces: Recruitment (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: Yes, I can. We are strongly committed to our black, Asian and minority ethnic targets. It is a fact that the attraction of UK citizens from ethnic minorities—as opposed to Commonwealth citizens—to the reserve forces, has consistently run ahead of figures for the regular forces.

Isil: Future Reserves 2020 (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: My hon. Friend will have heard my earlier answer. Since the MPA report, governance has been shaken up, with each service delivering its own programme alongside a defence-level enabling structure. My hon. Friend will know from many earlier answers that our improvements in recruitment, selection and training processes are bearing fruit. We remain committed to delivering the FR20 requirement.

Isil: Future Reserves 2020 (13 Jul 2015)

Julian Brazier: We recruited nearly 7,000 reservists across the three services last year. That was a rise of 65%, and the rise was even greater within the Army Reserve. As for my hon. Friend’s reference to superannuated reservists, I visited 3 Royal Welsh last weekend, and the average age of that battalion has dropped from 41 to 31 over the past three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: Six thousand eight hundred and ten personnel joined the reserves in financial year 2014-15, a rise of 65% on the previous financial year. For 2012-13, the only statistics available are for the Army reserve, with 3,960 joining that year. We have made significant improvements to the recruiting process, the offer to reservists and the support we give to employers. We continue to look at further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: Reserves day is an important opportunity for colleagues in the House to support the reserves. It was called uniform to work day, and a number of hon. Members took part in it. Reserve forces and cadets associations will tell colleagues about opportunities to support the event, including an opportunity in the House of Commons for Members and researchers, both existing members of the reserves...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: I join my hon. Friend in her tribute tothe 37 Signal Regiment, which has deployed personnel on operations to Afghanistan, as well as on recent exercises in Belize, Gibraltar, Germany and Cyprus, and has provided essential work to the civil authorities in the UK. Army reserve units are paired with, and train alongside, regular units and, when required, may deploy with them—in 37’s case,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: I am always delighted to take a question from my right hon. Friend, whose illustrious grandfather was a long-serving member of the Territorial Army. He is quite right about the Royal Yeomanry’s achievements. I visited it twice in the past year and, in many ways, it is a trailblazer. The key point that he makes about empowering units to do more to help themselves, including devolving some of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: I do not have the exact age of reservist recruits, but the current average of the Army Reserve is 37. If the hon. Gentleman is thinking of joining, I am sure we can put him in touch with somebody.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: There is no single bullet. The armed forces have come through a difficult time, with a combination of downsizing of the numbers in the Army as a result of the £38 billion black hole, and the end of operations in Afghanistan, which for many young men and women was an attractor. But measures ranging from the purchase of new equipment to an almost unparalleled number of overseas exercises,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (Recruitment) (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his welcome, and the same applies to him. It is always a pleasure to spar across the Dispatch Box. The Conservative manifesto was clear about expanding the number of reservists across the three services to 35,000. The funding is there through the £1.8 billion that was provided over a 10-year period, and the current strengths are running ahead of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jun 2015)

Julian Brazier: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: defence engagement is of pivotal importance. We are in the process of “upgunning” the role of defence attachés worldwide, with more language training and a proper career structure to make it more attractive. That is part of a wider attempt to raise the importance of defence diplomacy. Soldiers, sailors and airmen can so often reach parts of our allies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (23 Feb 2015)

Julian Brazier: In the quarter to December, 1,490 personnel joined the Army reserve, an increase of 147% on the equivalent quarter last year. Colleagues will have seen the multimedia campaign showing the range of opportunities the reserves offer. We have unblocked the enlistment pipeline, more than 420 employers have signed corporate covenants and the civil service is setting an excellent example as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (23 Feb 2015)

Julian Brazier: I thoroughly agree with my hon. Friend and I join him in congratulating Rifleman Ben Taylor. With the upturn in recruitment, and with retention improving too, the trained strength of the Army Reserve has gone up 560 over the past 12 months to 20,480. That is above our target for the year end, and I am confident that the plans of the new Chief of the General Staff—who, incidentally, was also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Reserve Forces (23 Feb 2015)

Julian Brazier: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his initiative. The north of England provides the greatest proportion of our soldiers, regular and reserve, and the relaunch of the Army recruiting campaign’s reserve component last month involved a major event in Liverpool, as he knows. There will be more in the north. Following the Secretary of State’s announcement in October of the intention to restore...


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