Speaking in a debate on the future of military aircraft manufacturing in the UK, Philip Dunne calls on the Government to back up its combat air strategy with contracts to allow members of the ‘Team Tempest’ defence consortium to invest in the necessary design and engineering skills at the highest level.
Philip Dunne asks the Government about UK aid reaching recipients in Venezuela and condemns those who blame US imperialism rather than the socialist Venezuelan regime for the humanitarian disaster it has inflicted on its own people.
Following the Government statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the continuous at sea deterrent (CASD), Philip Dunne welcomes the decision to maintain the deterrent as the ultimate guarantee of safety for our children and grandchildren in an inceasingly unpredictable world. He also commends the decision to reduce our overall stockpile of nuclear warheads and thereby lead the way in showing that the existing stock of nuclear weapons in the world can be reduced.
Philip Dunne raises concerns about proposals in the Shropshire Council plan for significant development on green belt land east of Bridgnorth and asks under what criteria the council has judged there to be exceptional circumstances to enable such green belt development to take place.
Philip Dunne welcomes the Government announcement of a new 37 specialist schools for pupils with special educational needs and autism and highlights a local campaign that is opening a new school, Overton school, just outside Ludlow.
Philip Dunne raises concerns at financial pressures facing isolated further education colleges citing his local college which is the only location for sixth-form and technical training within a 20-mile radius.