Defence

Mike Wood: Will the Minister ensure that the “through no fault of their own” principle that he has set out specifically excludes those who were engaged in terrorist acts from receiving support, such as this pension?

 

John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Yes.

Mike Wood: Does my right hon. Friend share my concern at the apparent lack of appropriate ministerial oversight in the early years of this century? What has been done to ensure that the intelligence agencies are properly accountable to Ministers?

 

David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Mike Wood: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I quite understand that it must be my svelte figure that hides me from view.

Following large territorial losses in 2017 and 2018, Daesh declared a global battle of attrition in May this year. What steps is the international coalition taking to ensure that foreign terrorist fighters do not simply move their fighting elsewhere, beyond Syria and Iraq?

 

Rory Stewart The Secretary of State for International Development

Mike Wood: Three million of the four million videos taken down by YouTube in the last six months were identified and removed by artificial intelligence. What greater role does the Secretary of State see for technological development in helping to reduce online harm and keep people safe online?

 

Matthew Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)

Mike Wood: What would the impact of the break-up of the Union be on defence supply companies based in Scotland?

 

Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Catastrophic.

Mike Wood: What action is the Ministry of Defence taking to support the democratic Government in Ukraine? Will the Secretary of State update us on his recent trip to Odessa, and particularly the position of Ukrainian navy sailors held prisoner by Russia?

 

Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

Mike Wood: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the key human right in this case is access to a full and fair trial, and that the UK Government must do everything they can to make sure that is possible? If UK agencies and authorities were to withhold evidence they have in their possession, it would put that fundamentally at risk?

 

Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Three weeks ago, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked in the heart of our country. All the evidence overwhelmingly points to the nerve agents coming from Russia, and most probably being administered on behalf of or on the orders of the Russian Government. Once again, despite the means, the motive and the express intention of the Russian President in the past, the only response to those attempted murders on the streets of England has essentially been a Russian, “It wasn’t me.”

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to improve mental health support for members of the armed forces and veterans.

 

Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Mike Wood: My right hon. Friend’s Department will have received a letter from West Midlands mayor Andy Street on our police funding, which I hope she will consider appropriately. Will she also ensure that local police forces, including mine in the West Midlands, have all the resources they need to do their important counter-terrorism work?

 

Amber Rudd (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)

Mike Wood: May I congratulate the Foreign Secretary on the fact that 46 countries co-sponsored his UN resolution on bringing Daesh to justice, which was then unanimously supported in the Security Council? Does not this show that Britain is both leading diplomatic efforts against Daesh and rallying the international community around this important cause?

 

Boris Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to strengthen the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

Tobias Ellwood (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan).

 

Lucy Allan (Telford)

What steps he is taking to strengthen the armed forces covenant?

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, What the Government's commitments are to fulfil its obligations under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

Mike Wood: As Sir John Chilcot finds that the only people who came out of the 2003 invasion of Iraq well were servicemen and civilians, will the Prime Minister look at how he can make sure that the precedent that he set last autumn for transparency and scrutiny ahead of military action becomes the norm for his successor?

 

David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Mike Wood: What representations has my right hon. Friend received from our allies and defence partners about renewing Trident, which the new shadow Defence Secretary described as

“a monumental mistake our country and planet can ill afford”?

 

Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence

Mike Wood: I worked in Brussels for seven years, and my thoughts are naturally with friends and former colleagues in Belgium, as well as with the families of those who were murdered and maimed yesterday morning. Effective security co-operation with other European Union countries is obviously vital, but will my right hon. Friend also consider how we can effectively exchange appropriate security information with allies through membership of other international organisations, such as NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe?

Mike Wood: Will the Minister assure the House that he remains committed to the independence of the Chilcot inquiry and that he will provide any resources that the inquiry needs to complete its work without further delay?

 

Matthew Hancock The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to increase the number of cadet units in schools.

 

Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Mike Wood: Will the shadow Minister explain how we could have a credible nuclear deterrent if we were to have a Prime Minister who had already said that he would never use it?

 

Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

It is up to the Prime Minister of the day to write whatever advice he or she wants in the letter to the commanders. The hon. Member for South East Cornwall said that our policy had changed, but it has not. It is very clear. End of story.