Defence

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.

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