James Sunderland questions the Leader of the House about virtual council meetings which are due to end on 7 May and notes that virtual meetings has increased attendance.
James Sunderland welcomes the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill which will establish a new research funding agency specifically aimed at providing long-term investment in “high-risk, high-pay off” innovation and research ventures.
Speaking in the debate on Defence’s contribution to the Integrated Review, James Sunderland raises concerns about army cuts and, given the increasing focus on expeditionary capabilities, asks about changes to how the UK military might operate east of Suez.
James Sunderland highlights the opportunities membership of the Commonwealth has to offer and calls for an informal resolution for the eight Fijian veterans who lost their court battle to stay in the UK and for all foreign and Commonwealth soldiers serving in our armed forces to be offered the right to remain in the UK.
James Sunderland backs the Bill which enshrines the police covenant into law, increases the maximum penalty for assaults against emergency workers and ensures criminal courts have sufficient sentencing powers. He particularly welcomes the inclusion of specific measures on the desecration of war memorials.