Canlyniadau 21–40 o 4132 ar gyfer speaker:James Heappey

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The contract has now been placed, and it increases our supply of .155s significantly. I take issue with the point that the right hon. Gentleman makes: I am not aware of the exercise he referred to, but in exercises that I have seen, in which the UK has operated alongside the US, again and again the American senior commanders have held the UK force elements in the highest regard.

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: I am unable to answer my right hon. Friend’s specific question, but he will be heartened to hear that as a consequence of all that is going on in the world, and the geopolitical uncertainty that requires us to use our armed forces so extensively, in recent months we have enjoyed record expressions of interest in joining His Majesty’s armed forces. Obviously, we need to make sure that the...

Defence: Armed Forces Personnel (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: I refer the hon. Gentleman to much that I said in response to the readiness question earlier, but the key point on this issue of enablement is that it is the unglamorous stuff that needs to be invested in first. There is no point buying more tanks until we have more tank transporters. The Government are seized of that, and are doing exactly that. This is an opportunity to place on record, in...

Defence: Armed Forces Personnel (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The thing that I am most proud of, beyond the exceptional operational output of His Majesty’s armed forces every time they are called on, is that the Government have increased the defence budget to more than £50 billion a year for the first time. The hon. Gentleman, whose interest in defence is very welcome indeed, should be enormously concerned about the shadow Chancellor’s repeated...

Defence: Armed Forces Personnel (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: Absolutely. We should urgently achieve 2.5% of GDP; the fiscal situation is improving, and the Conservative party has made that commitment. As the Secretary of State rightly said in an interview the other day, both main parties should strongly consider a further increase in defence spending in the next Parliament.

Defence: Armed Forces Personnel (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The right hon. Lady is conflating two separate issues. The former Secretary of State for Defence and I, and everybody else who has served on the Government Front Bench since we have returned to the prospect of state-on-state war, have referred to a hollowing out of the force. That is a consequence of decisions made not just by this Government, but by Governments since the fall of the Berlin...

Defence: Cyprus: Sovereign Base Areas (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The UK continually assesses potential threats to our overseas territories, including the sovereign base areas on the island of Cyprus. British Forces Cyprus provides a permanent military presence, and we are investing in the SBAs to combat current and future threats, in order to ensure local, regional and global security.

Defence: Cyprus: Sovereign Base Areas (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The SBAs are sovereign bases, so of course we reserve the right to operate from them as needed, based on the UK national interest. The hon. Gentleman will be reassured to hear that the Secretary of State, his predecessors, other Ministers in the MOD and I have very good relations with the Cypriots, and we seek to tell them as much as we can about operations that we mount from SBAs there.

Defence: Cyprus: Sovereign Base Areas (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: Cyprus is in an incredibly important strategic location, which means that it is of great use to our operations in the southern Red sea, as well as in the eastern Mediterranean, the western Balkans, central Asia and beyond. It is a vital mountain base for so much that the UK armed forces do. We are incredibly fortunate to have that facility.

Defence: Topical Questions (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: We do not comment on operational matters of that sort.

Defence: Topical Questions (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: I am not entirely sure that I do agree. I will leave the Foreign Office to talk about the diplomatic angles that it is pursuing, but in my experience, Qatar has been an incredibly helpful partner across a whole load of things over the past few years. We enjoy the opportunity to strengthen that partnership, both through the sale of UK-built defence capabilities and through increasingly...

Defence: Topical Questions (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is a perception that Daesh has gone away. The Daesh core is cooped up in prisons in northern Syria, but Daesh affiliates are growing alarmingly quickly in other parts of the world. The attack in Moscow is a reminder to us all that we must continue to focus on the counter-terror threat as well as on the state threat.

Defence: Topical Questions (25 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: It is disappointing to finish on a down note, but as the hon. Gentleman knows from a written answer that I gave him last week, it has taken longer than I wanted to establish an independent group of new casework assessors, and that 12 week period has therefore not yet begun. I was told by officials, when I reluctantly signed off the answer to him last week, that that process was nigh-on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees (22 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: There is no ARAP eligibility standard operating procedure that provides a relevant Other Government Department with the power to reject an application. When considering Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme applications under Category 4, Ministry of Defence (MoD) caseworkers seek input into decision-making from other parts of the MoD, Other Government Departments and governmental...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: We are currently providing a comprehensive package of training and guidance to the team of case workers which will carry out the case-by-case reassessment of Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme applications from applicants with credible links to Afghan specialist units. The individuals in the case work team are independent of those who took the initial eligibility decisions on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The Defence Command Paper 2023 (DCP23) set out how the Armed Forces and wider Defence would modernise and adapt to the changing context. Our Armed Forces are operating in an increasingly contested world and we are committed to ensuing our Armed Forces have the equipment to defend our nation and maintain strategic advantage. To deliver this, we have increased the budget for the Equipment Plan...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Military Bases (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The US is the UK's principal defence and security partner. UK Ministers and officials speak regularly with US counterparts to ensure coherence and alignment between our two nations, including on the footprint of both the US forces based within the UK, and the UK military presence in the US. Together, we regularly discuss and review our military footprint requirements. The US military presence...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: United Arab Emirates: Armed Forces (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: On 13 March 2024 there were no UK personnel based at the new Donnelly Lines facility in the UAE as the site had not reached full operating capacity. However approximately 20 UK personnel were engaged in work on Donnelly Lines and accommodated elsewhere in Al Minhad Air Base.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nato (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: The UK continues to be a leading ally in NATO. We contribute to every NATO mission and offer the full spectrum of our defence capabilities to the Alliance. We meet NATO's Defence Investment Pledge to invest at least 2% of GDP on defence, and have done so in every year since 2006.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence Equipment: Procurement (21 Maw 2024)

James Heappey: We welcome each of the reports on our Armed Forces Readiness, Inventory Management and the Equipment Plan. We are in the process of reviewing all the recommendations and formulating our responses to the reports.


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