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>> thank you very much, mr. speaker. the prime minister is attending the g7 in japan. in addition, i will have further such meetings later today. colefield. >> members would agree would the first priority of government to have the security of our country. that's also the chancellor outlying to me that this government is taking to a place -- [inaudible] >> absolutely right. the duty of government is to defend country an for almost 70 years independent has provided ultimate insurance of our freedoms. we will review our bringing forward votes in our house and from all sides was house to
support this vital commitment to national security and when she stands u indicate that support today. >> aye. >> thank you mr. speaker we look forward to the vote and he should get on with it. mr. speaker, given the open news of the french authority on google, investigating allegations of aggravated financial fraud and money landering just a chance in that regret calling his cozy tax skill with the same company good news for the british. >> well it is good news that we're collecting money and tax from companies that pay no tax
when the labor party was -- >> and seems to forget that she will be a secretary in the large government when she stands up she can tell us whether she has a raise at the time. the tax affairs of google. >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i think, obviously, the chancellor has done a bit more research this time. and regard that as a -- mr. speaker, i think, i think from that answer that the chancellor is far too easily satisfied. and i know, i know mr. speaker that even member laicialed his
cozy deal and the british public think it is worse despite all of the rhetoric on his watch that tax gap has gone up, tax deal with the swiss weighs a fraction of the revenue he boasted and blames lack of resources in rev u revenue and sat 11,000 tax staff since 2010, and when is he going to give them the resources they need to do a proper job? >> well reincreased resources and we introduced a diversity of profit taxes so google can't shift their profits upshore anymore. we've had made sure banks pay a higher tax charge than the labor government. but she was a treasury minister
and stood at the stump. she's asking me while we've done to household tax -- did she ever raise as the executive secretary of google we should notice before she asked questions of this government. >> mr. speaker -- mr. speaker. >> members must calm themselves and remain calm. they should taked order on both sides take the lead and gentleman, the member but always sitting calm in are a statemente manner -- >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker, we all have a great deal of respect for the right member.
now, chancellor will know that the secretary builds taxes on vice not google and i did my job when i was in the treasury. now he will be judged on results -- on results he's been in office for six years are. and what demanding ten times more than google than he is, the public will make their own judgment. mr. speaker, well labor is campaigning to ensure that u.k. remains in european union because it's the best way to defend as well as jobs and prosperity. the part of the office is split right down the middle. and, and mr. speaker, it is
descending. so last week the employment minister, next week -- mr. speaker, last week the employment minister called to correct it so they could be workers right it is. does chancellor agree with her or does he agree to sustain in the european union is best deal for britain's work. >> first of all l, she confirmed that way she was in the treasury she asked absolutely no questions. about the tax affairs of google. when it comes to the european union, as she knows that we agree on this. i think it's better that britain remains in the european union why don't question of some consensus now on other issues such as independent nuclear and consensus on that . let's have a consensus on supporting businesses rather than disparaging businesses pep
and let's have a consensus about piling debt on the next generation and dealing with our deficit. let's have a con sen sis to the the parties in this house who have a credible economic policy. >> thank you, thank you mr. speaker. i think you just agreed with mccluskey so former work and secretary -- that the chance report should not be believed by anyone and branded chancellor pinocchio nose getting longer and longer with everything. now the manager director says that treasury get this half a million good reasons to stay in the european union who does the chancellor think that public should listen to? his former colleague or the league of britain's union --
>> i don't think it's any -- i don't think it's any great revelation that is conservative that different views on the european union. that's why we're having a referendum because if he does divide parties and families and friends, and we made a commitment in our manifesto the british people will decide this. and i might just observe that if she wants to talk about vision and parties while she's sitting here, the leader of the labor party is sitting at home wondering whether to impeach for war cry. >> mr. speaker, i'm glad that he agrees to the pity that he can't get off his back and defend party to agree with him.
and given that the former work and secretary is just called the prime minister disingenuous and mayor of london call him demented i wouldn't talk about that if i were him. but house in order before it talks about us. now mr. speaker following in second the budget earlier this year, i say the chancellor approval rating has collapsed by 82 points among his own party. now given that he's following a similar career -- given that he seems to be following a similar career path isn't it time he turns for advice. last week former would be leader said that the queen speech after 23 years of careful thought about about what had they would like to do in power -- >> order, order. this question will be heard. those prating away should do so
and stupid and counterproductive. j mr. speaker after 23er yews of careful thought about what they would like to do in power mike said the answer is nothing. nothing to do with nothing to do and nothing to say and think nothing as you said. but even this nothing has called a revolt on back bench and forced yet another u-turn to avoid first defeat of a government on this legislative program that is 92 years. mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, this is not how you need to know about this prime minister and chancellor it seems they can't get even vote for nothing without a fight. >> i till you what we've done in recent weeks we've taken another million people out of tax
altogether. >> and cut business rates for small businesses. we've seen the deficit fall by another 16 billion and dliferred record number of jobs and have a national living wage. that's what we've been up to. what has labor party talked about? u-turn it gave to a party that wants to scrap it. so a party that created the economy program and now wants to abolish all aft economies so the party that wants courted businesses to now disparage it. it is plain offensive these days. and as a result the labor party that want elections to go on losing those elections. >> mr. speaker with 29 days until the most important
decision this country has facedd in a generation we have to forward the government in utter chaos at war with itself, the state should not be higher, yet this is a government that has the benches unable to get their agenda through parliament instead of that fighting a war over the leadership of their own party. and i notice that no outer -- have been banished dcial. [inaudible] mr. speaker -- while mr. speaker it's nice to see that justice secretary here. ting that justice for rest
colleague in detention. [laughter] instead of providing the leadership that country needs they're fighting a approximatey are war over the leadership of their own o party instead of focusing on the insight they're focuses on their narrow self. what we need mr. speaker, is a government which will do the best for britain what we've got is a conservative party focused only on themselves. >> she told us about our parliament party. let's look at her parliamentary party they are rats with a sinking ship because they want to be the mayor for liverpool you have the shadow wants to be mayor for both cities. when we've said -- [laughter] we were creating job opportunities, we didn't mean job opportunities for the whole shatd doe capita.
and they're like a policy on day relief aren't they? they'll be back and four more years of hard labor. today we are voting on a queen speech that delivers economic security for tax our national security enhance life chances for the most disadvantage and it doesn't matter who stands at that dispatch to the labor party these days. they're dismantling our defenses they're wrecking our economy. they will burden people with debt, and in their own report, publish this week told labor futures surprisingly long, they say -- [laughter] say this in their own revolt they're becoming increasingly irrelevant to the working people of britain.
>> britain -- thank you mr. speaker, what a privilege it is to be called by you if the remaining team have the say on the 24th of june i should apply to ask a question. mr. speaker -- a wonderful example of european corporation not e.u. fuselage is in france and germany and wings in this country. and cannot fly without wings, mr. speaker. would remain inside or outside the e.u. will have no effect the on this. chancellor knows it is trade and hardwork o of businessmen and overwhelm create job and prosperity not politicians and bureaucrat ares. it is their job to about --
have an enterprise -- >> order -- i was looking for a question. >> does agree with me? and not to make threats to business enterprise job deliberation. >> i completely agree my friends the job enterprise created through ingenuity of private businesses we should support this house. [inaudible] >> thank you, thank you very much mr. speaker. last one -- is 7 years old. and he attends the private school in the scottish -- next week as home secretary is
currently briefing him, the whole department plans to deport him and he has family despite the fact that he arrived as rt pat of a scottish government initiative backed by the home office to attract people live and work in the region are. this case has front page news in scotland and repeatedly used in the house. what does chancellor have to say to the brain family and community who want them to stay? >> family don't meet the criteria but home secretary say he's happy to write to the gentleman on details of the specific. the anger of robertson. >> going on for weeks and that frankly is not good enough. appeals have been made to the home secretary by the minister, local mp and local sp and by the community.
it is wall to wall across media of scotland as chancellor clearly knew nothing -- >> the problem in the highland of scotland is not immigration, it has been immigration. so even at this late stodge knowing nothing about it will attract to speak to home secretary, prime minister and get this sorted out. >> as i say home security will write to details of the case. again -- i make a suggestion they have substantial tax and if they want to attract people to the scotland why not have a scotland that people want to meet and the rest of the united kingdom where they can grow that business and have a successful life?
>> thank you very much, mr. speaker. >> will be heard. >> why is the chill report not published before the e.u. referendum because the chancellor don't want the public to be reminded how the government and the day and publish the have prepared to produce, make things up and have is the factses that they support something they otherwise o wouldn't ahead of the e.u. referendum? >> no because they produce that report. steven -- found in spirit of consensus, mr. speaker. may i say that the last few things that unite the house more than a concentration on the periodic review and of the boundary are commission which is started with a fierce intensity
occasionally cost on constituents, however, we note that the electorate chelsea has declined precipitously against all logic. does the chancellor believe that the prime minister should be concerned about this and if so, what should he be doing? [laughter] >> well i thoughts he was member of parliament for healing but sir, boundary that you were doing their work. drawing up in independent way a good thing about our country. boundary and see that proposal but initial proposals -- [inaudible] >> will chancellor join me in congratulating the u.k. charity which this year celebrating 150 years of reporting, protecting wonderful children. don't you agree that young people need support beyond age
of 18 to maximize their life chances and that the government extend duty of the carry to therefore a fitting way to build on artist proud history of giving young people the best tnts in life. >> i certainly agree with my little friend a brilliant chair hadty and we should all congratulate them ojt the work they do and huge responsibility to the people in the care of the state and that does not end when they're 18 years that means in the queen speech we're announcing new measures to include for example, support from a personal advisor until they're 25 and make sure that other bodies like local authorities have a care for people and make sure all of the opportunities are brought to their attention is is part of the life chance distraction that lives to the heart it have this queen speech. >> yeah. yeah. >> chancellor wants to -- hundred it is of steel workers are marching for parliament for
their future in their community. why does this china bid to market fierce against the interest of british work? why is this chancellor block changes to the duty against the interest of british workers and will set down industrial strategy to put interest ahead of his own? first thing our thoughts are with the steel make ergs at this time. but a step back we should all acknowledge there's a global crisis in the steel industry. tens of thousands of jobs have been lost just across yiewrm alone and many tens of thousands beyond that. thousand we're taking specific action today to help the portal that works in related works across the country and secretary have been there in india with cross party effort.
and then nationally we have taken action to reduce energy charges on energy, industry, we have taken action to make sure there's more flexibility with emissions doing everything we can to help this industry in a very difficult time including making u sure there is chinese dumping and introduced on the bill those imported down over o 90%. >> thank you mr. speaker. could the chancellor confirm to this house reports in the press today that former labor minister though sugar has joined the government as our new enterprise? does she agree with me that this is a sign of people abandoning labor for the prosperity security and jobs offered by this government in but will you finally confirm to me that he has no plans for a attack.
i can confirm that we have on enterprise and sold the labor party, you're fired. >> thank you mr. speaker. i have a 14-year-old awe autistc one size fits all approach and left him with a special in his only option. what will chancellor do to make sure when the independent looking at initial teacher training reports back that specific training from past. >> well i think that honorable lady does raise an important issue and i have a lot of sympathy from colleagues around the house. i can tell you that the education secretary has raised their concern, and hated has shared that concern and
personally raised, the chair had of the initial trading issue an my other friend stress importance of prorely train to support young people with special education needs and specifically ordered them. and as a result he will be including recommendations as to how core teacher training should cover special educational needs in this report. and this revolt will be published very shortly. >> my local commissioning group currently consulting a plan to downgrade a.n.e. will meet chancellor agree with me an thousands campaigners led by karl that all option it is should remain on the table that's a plan b must come forward to keep good quality local health services. >> my friend is a strong friend of his local area and we know that they have been struggling
with a pfi contract signed under last labor government. now, any service changes that needs to be made by the local and needs to be based on clear evidence that they'll deliver better outcome for patients. it's right that decisions are made by local rather than politicians. but they do need to meet the four key tests that have been set up to demonstrate an have support from commissioners and bees based on clinical evidence and consider patient choice and i would suggest to consider options in any decision they reach. >> thank you. thank you mr. speaker. common library sthaiments 4.9 million u.k. citizens led or worked in other countries yet week in and week out that will constituents from overseas who can't get visas raised it in citizenship here and scotland is outraged for deportation of the family. is the chancellor tell us and what is difference between an economic migrant and ex-pass.
>> i think all of the honorable gentleman is demonstrating is that we have border controls in this country and we do have immigration rule its the need te complied with and that is a very important part of the european union that we are not part of and part of the status that we have in the european union. [inaudible] would chancellor join me if in welcoming -- london to the battle of the commemoration and support work to ensure all arm forces and their families have the very best housing that we can offer them. >> well i absolutely join her in welcoming the career duncan and celebrating all they do on behalf of this country to keep us safe and to represent britain
aired the world and, of in retue owe them the duty of care and arm forces enshrines that duty. now we're honoring our promise to britain arm service. >> thank you mr. speaker. now with just troubling fees this government wants to raise them higher. why has the chancellor changed his view since 2003 when he said, that they were a tax on learning. >> back then it labor party wases voting for that fee. and difference is this, that we learned our lesson and they forten theirs and as a result we have a higher education policy giving us us best universities in the world a record number of students and crucially a record number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. funding the labor party said
would never happen in return they've got a completely increditable policy to abolish they themselves introduce in a 10 billion town hall in the public finances. it's time they were with students so that's unaffordable and we fund higher education system and asking graduate qhor going to earn more on average than other taxpayers to contribute it their education. >> thank you mr. speaker, and 3 million people may come if you remain. like to suggest with a quarter of a million acres will be needed an where will it go? we need to provide houses and homes to the people. >> we made a very clear commitment to protect the green belt and planning laws that we've introduced and do meet those laws. but i have to say to my
honorable friend we disagree on this issue of european union membership and i have no evidence from the lead campaign that immigration would fall indeed they seem to be saying to some communities that let more people in. but let's at least agree on this but for the british people to decide. >> thank you mr. speaker. no one say public part for the bbc in last week of a 200,000 fine signed petition of the removal of the website. the government may have held back from their more extreme proposal but cause for concern. will chancellor now agree to hold this house to provide parliamentary so this chancellor renewal? >> we want a great b about bc, a great public broadcaster, and we
have agreed with bc they have welcomed and on this specific issue she raises that was a decision not by members of the government but i've made this orves we have a national broadcast in the bbc but we don't want a public newspaper in the form of b about bc and as newspaper move increasingly online bbc as they have acknowledged want to be careful about information they have on their website so welcome also have a flourishing rift press and that i think becomes bbc got it right. >> will chancellor concern and explain the end clearly show as we have 44% of our goods and services within a single market why it is that in relation to the 27 member states we run a
disastrous loss or deficit on exports of 68 billion up 9 billion since last year alone. and germany same 27 profit or surplus of massive 82 billion. isn't that a bad deal? >> well we have a massive exporter of services they represent 80% of the british economy and we're also the home to one of the most sflt successful car industries in europe and home to world second largest aero industry in support of a european supply chain and that is why those leading businesses in favor of the european union to my honorable friends, of course, we disagree on this issue and that's why together we stood on manifesto to have a referendum and let the british people decide. >> thank you mr. speaker.
teachers, and private sector employees in my constituency saying they have a range of skilled roles and too many experience staff are leaving. the single most common reason for this key worker crisis is cost of purchase housing in west london which the government housing policies will not address. even the subsidies to buy -- >> order, order -- order i'm sorry i'm ready. one sentence for the question going to be a short one sorry but we must press on. >> will chancellor acknowledge this recruitment in retention crisis and do something about it? >> well of course we've got 25,000 more clinically trained staff in our national health service but i agree with her with a challenge of housing in london and i met earlier this week and going to see where we
can agree on policy toll help address this issue. [inaudible] >> in enthusiasm to support the europe union that they don't really like -- and how can you justify planning to break the law if you are are aware that public administration select committee has now published three legal opinions from speakerrer -- from speaker -- order. i think it is coming to end. question mark the end of it. briefly that published free legal opinion to make it perfectly clear that it is illegal for government to keep the propaganda up on the government website during.
[inaudible] >> well of course o the government will comply with the law and government website will comply with the further rules and confident that they do. but guys make a general observation we have fought through referendum it is taking place and huge issues at state about britain economy and security and britain's place in the world we have honorable disagreements on big issues let's debate the substance rather than the protest and then the british people will feel that they've had range of opinions make their own mind up. >> back to mr. speaker, they work by the chancellor and properly fund increase in the minimum wage. has not covered cost of the local government association asked to bring home thousands of care funding in 2019 to this year and next year to help with those increase cost. will the chance for local
counsel to go to minimum wage policy? >> of course we listen to local authorities but we have given them power to apply a social care preset that's something that has come in april in many areas at the same time we have more money into the care fund. and we're confident that social care is funded. but i agree with her, that more needs to be done. to help social care sector and i think that key here is integration with national health service in coming years it's a seemless service for our citizens. >> last year the conservative party prime minister said that future, the state provides children and care -- that early on streets. yesterday that reform trust which i'm a trustee had a report -- identifying that far too high a
proposition of children care come in touch with criminal justice system. that policies are implemented that prevent the unnecessary context between criminal justice system and children in care so that they can have a good future. >> well i think my honorable friend speebs pfertly and of course we have to have a care system that does the very best for children who find themselves in their care system as i was saying to a earlier question queen speech has that respect. only thing we're doing with the chancellor is reforming our prison system so those people yes are punished for crime but they have a chance to rehabilitate and proud to be part of. >> banned from trading for three years for not giving tenants there deficitting back and using
them for purposes. the situation, however, is far -- agencies can concern and unregulated and whrl it can go fair deal from the agent or not. it's a chance to do anything about it. we're looking at people who rent have protection and protection from landlords who unreasonably withhold deposits. >> order. yes, points of order. [lau >> parliament is in recess this week, so prime minister's questions will not be seen at its usual time. watch anytime at c-span.org where you can find video of past prime minister's questions and other public affairs programs.
monday night on "the communicators," we broadcast from the conference in boston known as the internet and telephone expo. we will feature a panel discussion with four fec commissioners. the group will discuss competition in the cable industry, consolidation of media companies, cyber security, broadband deployment, and getting broadband to lower income homes. >> with respect to broadband much thet, there is so industry should be doing, but instead, we have spent a great many hours on the things like singling out cable in particular for special attention in the special access market even though they took the risks to deploy some of the next generation networks. those are the kinds of thatities, i think,
distract us from the core mission we have under the law, which is to make sure this industry is able to compete on a level playing field. communicators" monday night on c-span2. on thursday, british defense secretary michael fallon updated a parliamentary committee on efforts to combat isis in iraq and syria. other military officials spoke stabilizetegies to the middle east and russia's role in the fight against isis. this is just under two hours. i'm not a director of
operations in the ministry of defense, a post i have held for four weeks. >> congratulations. i'm don nicholson, director of policy at the administration of defense. >> i'm afraid our numbers are slightly depleted because of the breakdown on tube services, but i hope we will be augmented later on. our first question is from johnny. >> good morning. secretary of state, i was wondering if you could start by outlining, what is the uk's national interest in the middle east and north africa? and to somee east extent north africa are fundamental to this country's security, stability, and its prosperity. we rely on a series of partnerships in the region to help us manage threats from the
terrorism, the challenge of migration, but we also need to ensure the energy supplies we rely on our secure, secure, andutes are that is why we maintain in the a credible and persistent defense presents. this is a region which is extremely important to both national security and our economy. >> we have done a lot of traveling around, trying to understand, what is the west's or what is our collective strategy in terms of dealing with the challenges that come out of that part of the world? , inertainly found it washington, there is a struggle
to understand -- what is the strategy? what is the bringing everyone with you type of strategy that we are engaged in in that part of the world? i wonder if you could outline what that might be and whether the whole of government is working towards that. >> the strategy is to help to stabilize the middle east where there is instability, and the war in syria has been raging for five years now. the instability in iraq is back much further than that. it is to help stabilize the middle east, which is one of the key regions of the world, and more recently, to counter the global terrorist threat that in which wets and all have an interest. that is the basis on which we have assembled this extraordinary coalition of over 60 countries involved in one way daesh other of combating
and helping to support the legitimate governments of iraq and elsewhere. >> we have heard from some like j neural like the general and others -- like the general and >>others that there doesn't seem to be this all-embracing strategy. what is the end state? what is the vision we are selling not only to the u.k. population to get behind in terms of supporting military operations, but for the theater, for the area it is taking place? what is the end the state? what might success be? >> first, the general was a key part, a key advisor to us and to me in this work and made a huge contribution in office.
we work at this across government. this is not simply the ministry of defense. it's the foreign office. it's the home office where security is concerned. we work across government. you see that captured in the -- most recent defense and security review. the end state is a situation in the middle east for these countries are stable, where we can rely on the trade routes and energy supplies and partnerships we need to keep this country safe, and in which elected and legitimate governments are able to provide a future for their people, which does not involve them emigrating. may, that isf i the end state, and that is clear. how do we get there? what is the thinking around ?perations against daesh
how're we actually going after this? people buy into the fact that this is what we are trying to do, but how are we doing it, and how does what we are doing fit into the role of the united states? >> as far as the campaign was at>> daesh, daesh of 2014 in the summer before i arrived in the ministry of defense, and we are now well into this campaign to counter daesh in iraq where considerable progress has been made now in pushing daesh west along the euphrates and up north up the tigris and in liberating territory it formally held. situation is obviously more complicated, but daesh has come under some pressure from the kurdish forces and the syrian moderate opposition. overall, in the coalition we
have mobilized -- you are right to refer to the united states , in which we and other countries are supporting the united states of -- the coalition overall is making progress. that military strategy against daesh is part of a wider strategy, which includes communications work in dealing which daesh has been able to promote its ideology. that work is led by the united kingdom, by the communications team in the foreign office, by finances,st daesh's and by work across the security agencies and departments to stem the flow of foreign fighters. on multiple eort nds right across the range. >> thank you. prime minister, you used the words of generational endeavor,
struggle and that it's going to take a long time, and therefore, different departments of government are involved. a criticism some of us have from someone with a military background is to say neverhe civil service seems to have a break, a time when you sit and talk with people from other organizations. i find civil servants in the office who don't know about the 77th brigade or don't understand what is happening on counter radicalization. that if thature us is the case, it is being addressed, or if it isn't -- >> it might have been the case 2010,ears ago, but since of course, we now have the security council and the precisely based in
the cabinet office, with that coordinating function. you see that reflected in the most recent sdsr. other whitehall departments, but since coming to the ministry of defense, i have been pleasantly surprised with the degree of interdepartmental coordination that there is. you see that not just in the middle east. you saw that in the work to deal with ebola in syria. the ministry of defense worked alongside give it. closely we are working on the stabilization effort that is needed as successfully each of these cities is liberated. if i can take you to the middle east and africa very briefly, what have we learned
from the libyan campaign of 2011? i'm thinking of the impact on neighboring states come if you would, secretary of state. syria, there has been distant position in jordan, turkey, saudi arabia, kuwait, and in libya, nigeria, tunisia, and egypt. what are we doing when we make our decisions to make sure we are not deflecting the conflict and the impact into neighboring states where currently there may not be any problems? >> i think there have been issues with respect in many of , ine states in north africa particular, and further south, eastern and west africa. i'm not sure that necessarily military intervention in one
state has increased instability in another, but i think you are absolutely right to say each time, what are the lessons we learned? the principal lesson i would draw from the libyan campaign, which applies today to iraq and syria, is that military progress has to be matched by political progress. you can to some extent combat the terrorism, push the and defeat itk, militarily, but that is not going to be lasting unless you've got a political settlement, a genuine one with the trust of the people where the insurgency was. >> secretary of state, i absolutely agree with you about ae importance of having civilian supplement, political settlement that builds a new and viable state, but i have to say
in terms of libya, i do think the impact on nigeria in .articular has been great conflict added to the in niger. i disagree with you in terms of some of the impact their. -- there. >> you are right. libya has been unstable for a long time. we have been working extremely hard to bring about a political settlement in libya. we thought we might have had one by now. we thought we had one last autumn. we now have a prime minister in of ali in charge government of national accord. find supporting to fall into place around him. i was able to speak to the new , and we will be ready to help.
is, the the insurgency only way they are going to be defeated is by a cynical settlement everybody in libya can buy into. we have had quite a few who have witnessed the fight while we were conducting operations in syria and iraq. negligible,as been but i want to know from your perspective what you think the the role of the u.k. has been in the international coalition. >> i will give you my answer, and i will ask general martin to from a more technical perspective. we have made huge contributions. i don't agree with your assertion. we have made a huge contribution to the overall coalition effort.
we are one of the few countries that has been providing intelligence and surveillance aircraft, flying almost nightly. we have been flyinstrike missions daily, six days a week for nearly two years. we have made a huge contribution on the ground, too, in training a large number of the iraqi forces and peshmerga forces. the progress that the iraqi and kurdish forces are making would not have been possible without training and the close air support that the coalition proud to rolli am we have played in that. perhaps general martin could add to that in terms of the u.k. impact. >> we have always described daesh and its proto-caliphate as , theg three dimensions
principal being the physical manifestation of the country itself and the geographer he associated with that, the second being its wide virtual footprint, and it subsequent connection with an affiliate network. the grading to both and setting the conditions for the subsequent defeat of daesh in its core heartland in the caliphate itself, the trick was to grow, regenerate, and train the iraqi security forces in the first instance so that they could stabilize the security of the capital, so that they could secure the heartlands of the sunni population across the central belt, predominantly and , and then they can concentrate their tactical mosul, whichure the iraqi second
said to come acting as one of the twin capitals of the caliphate. that theaphy suggests momentum that characterized daesh's advances has been halted. as a quick support entry tuesday, on monday or you suggested that the training that had taken place of security forces in iraq really hadn't materialized in terms of its objective. there was a visit to baghdad, as well. it's a country not at ease with itself.
what are we doing to make sure the iraqi forces are in a position to protect their own state? we are notence that going to keep that cycle maintained at that level and consistently have to go back to go through the same process again and again? thrust of the world, that is what is going through their head, as well. >> i don't think we have reached critical momentum and yet match fora critical the security forces. in 2014, they reported to have 180,000 to 200,000 on their books who even operated overnight. it takes a regional that reasonable amount of time to regenerate capability, to base to aom a
security apparatus that has the skill sets, the moral component to fight a tactically dangerous and resilient enemy, and that has the equipment to undertake sustained operations. we are not even in a full year of this commitment. coalition commanders in the theater expected this to be a minimum commitment of three to five years. >> another question. in terms of the coalition support, we have heard from the thattary of support progress is slow but deliberate. perhaps the coalition is not moving as quickly as you would have wished. what is your assessment of the
current coalition and military operation in syria? is there anything you would want to accelerate orsi changed -- or see changed? slow and liberty progress is theset this stage, but are valuable resources from our country. how do you make sure we are part of that coalition in a much more determined way to see if we can see anyway -- any light at the end of the tunnel? >> i think there israel momentum to the campaign and iraq. -- in iraw. q. -- in iraq. it took eight months to liberate ramadi. it took eight weeks to liberate the next.
probably a week or so to liberate the next town. there is a real sense of momentum on the side of the iraqi and kurdish forces. that needs to be sustained, and the united states has made it clear to the coalition that this is the moment to step up. they asked members of the coalition to look and see what else they could do. whate looking to see further we can add to the fight. committee ought to hear it first -- i am announcing your sending an additional air carrier aircraft into the theater to improve the air surveillance could build team we have. this is an aircraft that collects and analyzes intelligence, which helps us to better quickly identify and select targets in the campaign. we are continuing to step u