Ministry of Defence

We protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. We work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Our aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that we keep within budget.



Secretary of State

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Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Scottish National Party
Angela Crawley (SNP - Lanark and Hamilton East)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
Martin Docherty-Hughes (SNP - West Dunbartonshire)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Team Member)

Labour
John Healey (LAB - Wentworth and Dearne)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Lord Coaker (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Scottish National Party
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (SNP - Glasgow South)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

Labour
Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Smith of Newnham (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Defence)

Democratic Unionist Party
Gavin Robinson (DUP - Belfast East)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat
Jamie Stone (LDEM - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)
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Stephen Morgan (LAB - Portsmouth South)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Chris Evans (LAB - Islwyn)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Stephanie Peacock (LAB - Barnsley East)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Ministers of State
Jeremy Quin (CON - Horsham)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Baroness Goldie (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Heappey (CON - Wells)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
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US, UK and NATO

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National Flagship: Procurement
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Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2021
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Armed Forces Bill 2021-22
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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 18th March 2020

A Bill to Make provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ministry of Defence - Secondary Legislation

This Order amends the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 (“the Scheme”), which makes provision for the payment of pensions and allowances to, or in respect of, civilians who were killed or injured during the 1939-1945 World War.
This Order amends the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/517) (“the principal Order”), which provides for benefits to be payable to, or in respect of, a person by reason of injury, illness or death caused wholly or partly by service in the regular or reserve armed forces.
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Departmental Select Committee

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Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Defence Committee
Tobias Ellwood Portrait
Tobias Ellwood (Conservative - Bournemouth East)
Defence Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
John Spellar Portrait
John Spellar (Labour - Warley)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Gavin Robinson Portrait
Gavin Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party - Belfast East)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Emma Lewell-Buck Portrait
Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Francois Portrait
Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Richard Drax Portrait
Richard Drax (Conservative - South Dorset)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Martin Docherty-Hughes Portrait
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Sarah Atherton Portrait
Sarah Atherton (Conservative - Wrexham)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Stuart Anderson Portrait
Stuart Anderson (Conservative - Wolverhampton South West)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Derek Twigg Portrait
Derek Twigg (Labour - Halton)
Defence Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Kevan Jones Portrait
Kevan Jones (Labour - North Durham)
Defence Committee Member since 11th May 2020

50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of days taken as sick leave by (a) Royal Navy, (b) British Army, (c) Royal Air Force, (d) Maritime Reserve, (e) Army Reserve, (f) Royal Auxiliary Airforce, (g) Royal Fleet Reserve, (h) Army Reserve (Regular) and (i) Air Force Reserve personnel due to covid-19 in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) to date.

Whilst the Ministry of Defence records the medical employability and deployability of Service personnel, more specific information about the level of sickness absence in the Armed Forces is not held centrally. As at 1 June 2021, 98.6 per cent of the trained UK Armed Forces were fit to work.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the scheduled initial operating capability is for the Morpheus Programme.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones) on 2 July 2021 to Question 21158.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the average number of summits and other diplomatic talks that will be held on the new national flagship each year.

The National Flagship will be a visible demonstration of the UK's commitment to enhance and strengthen trade with our key export markets around the world. Given eight of the world's ten largest cities are located by the coast, the National Flagship will promote the UK's diplomatic and trading interests. It will provide a unique convening power to British exporters and a secure sovereign hub for many diplomatic events. The Government is currently considering the potential number of summits and diplomatic talks that the National Flagship will host.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the additional annual value of trade and investment that the new national flagship will bring into the UK economy.

The National Flagship will promote the UK's interests around the world over the course of its 30 year service. Exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences already contribute billions to the UK economy each year. The National Flagship will allow us to host more of these events more prominently around the world. The Government is currently considering the potential additional annual value of trade and investment that the National Flagship will bring into the UK economy.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
16th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 13 July (HL1582), whether the Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship will be used as a subsea cable repair ship; and, if so, whether any such ships will be in the 30-year cross-government shipbuilding pipeline to be published later this year.

The Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship will primarily undertake survey work and will also enable us to better protect our undersea cables and energy supplies. It will form part of the 30-year cross-government shipbuilding pipeline which will be published in the National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh later this year.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were deployed on UK-led peacekeeping missions in 2020.

Throughout 2020, the UK maintained a United Nations peacekeeping deployment of a maximum of 600 personnel. This includes the deployment of contingent troops to UN Missions in Cyprus, Somalia, the drawdown from South Sudan, the commencement of operations in Mali, and the deployment of individual Military Staff Officers to seven UN Missions.

UN Peacekeeping Mission

Pledged troop commitment

Duration of deployment in 2020

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

c. 250

Jan - Dec

United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)

c. 10

Jan – Dec

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

c. 300

Jan – Mar

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

c. 300

Dec

Military Staff Officers

c. 30

Jan - Dec

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the end of service date for Crowsnest.

The planned out-of-service date for Crowsnest is 2029.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to part 3.1 of the policy paper Global Britain in a Competitive Age, the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March, what "doctrinal threats" they believe would warrant a nuclear response.

I can assure the Rt. Rev Prelate the Lord Bishop that the UK would consider using nuclear weapons only in the most extreme circumstances of self-defence, including the defence of our NATO Allies. While our resolve and capability to do so if necessary is beyond doubt, to avoid simplifying the calculations of potential adversaries, we will remain deliberately ambiguous about precisely when, how and at what scale we would contemplate the use of our nuclear weapons.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the categorisation of the National Flagship as a (a) non-sensitive and (b) non-warlike material in respect of the UK's responsibility to the Agreement on Government Procurement .

Construction of the National Flagship will be limited to the UK in order to protect the essential interests of national security. The procurement of the Flagship will be compliant with the UK's obligations under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28983 on the National Flagship and with reference to Item 47 of annex 4 of the UK schedule of the Agreement on Government Procurement, whether the Government plans to build the proposed National Flagship in the UK.

Construction of the National Flagship will be limited to the UK in order to protect the essential interests of national security. The procurement of the Flagship will be compliant with the UK's obligations under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 32308 on Ajax Vehicles: Testing, on which date that initial report was handed over to General Dynamics.

I will write to the right hon. Member with the requested information shortly.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are under investigation for boarding school allowance fraud as at 19 July 2021.

The allowance is question is called Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) and assists Service personnel to achieve continuity of education for their children that would otherwise be denied in the state-maintained day school sector due to the mobility of their family. CEA is available to all Service personnel, irrespective of rank, subject to them satisfying the qualifying criteria. Service personnel may select from a wide variety of schools across the UK from within the independent and state-maintained sectors that meet set criteria.

The number of Service personnel currently under investigation, as at 19 July for suspected CEA fraud is 11.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified commercial officers his Department employs.

The Department's Commercial Function currently employs 1,328 staff members who are Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) professionally qualified, as appropriate for their role. There are an additional 367 staff members currently studying towards attainment of a CIPS qualification.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total constructive losses were to his Department for the reduction in the number of Challenger 2 tanks, driver training tanks and Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery vehicles in 2011-12.

A constructive loss of £253,810,000 was reported as an advanced notification in the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15, as a result of the reduction in the number of Challenger 2 tanks, driver training tanks and Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery vehicles. The loss has not yet been closed and is therefore subject to revision depending on the final outcome of the disposal process for the vehicles in question.

The MOD Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15 can be accessed via the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482894/19_MOD_ARAc_combined_at_02_Dec_2015_for_web.pdf

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Army applicants are from residents of Northern Ireland.

The percentage of Regular Army applications in the calendar year 2020 which provided a Northern Ireland residence as the home address was 1.8%. This figure has been provided by Analysis Army and has been defined as an online application submitted by an individual and accepted by the Defence Recruitment System.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many locally employed staff have been processed under the updated Afghan Relocated and Assisted Policy since 1 June 2021.

We have significantly accelerated the pace of relocations under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) in line with the military drawdown. Since the 1st June 572 people, former Afghan locally employed staff and their families, have been relocated to the UK. The MOD is working with the Home Office and a range of Government departments to ensure their successful resettlement.

This now takes the total number of people from Afghanistan relocated to the UK under the ARAP and the previous Ex-Gratia Policy to nearly 2,000.

Our commitment to those who are eligible under the ARAP, and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure beyond the military presence in Afghanistan.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's non-executive directors were appointed through open competition.

Departments follow the principles set out in Cabinet Office/HM Treasury 'Corporate governance in central government departments: code of good practice'. The current Ministry of Defence Non-Executive Directors were recruited through fair and transparent routes, with multiple candidates considered for each appointment. Appointments were made on merit.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to encourage more organisations to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant applies throughout the UK and is delivered across all sectors of society. Every Local Authority in Great Britain has signed the Covenant and over 7,000 organisations have pledged support. Signing up to the Covenant is encouraged on a national and local level. Defence Relationship Management works closely with businesses and other organisations to encourage them to sign the Covenant and uphold their pledges. The Ministry of Defence works closely with local authorities to support their delivery of the Covenant. We promote the Covenant through regular communications and engagement activities, such as conferences and events. Signing the Covenant also provides the signatory with the opportunity to be recognised by the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award. To date, 494 organisations hold the ERS Gold Standard for partnering with Defence.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Black and ethnic minority staff are employed by his Department.

The Armed Forces represent the society they serve and diversity and inclusion is essential to their operational effectiveness. Defence has committed to a Diversity and Inclusion strategy and is working hard to achieve a more diverse workforce. Whilst progress has been made in the representative rates of our people, there is further to go if we are to successfully attract and retain diverse talent, both now and in the future. That is why we have renewed our levels of ambition at the highest levels in Defence as we work to fulfil the key objective in our 2018-2030 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to eliminate discrimination and improve diversity.

As at 1 April 2021, there were 13,690 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Regular Service personnel in the UK Armed Forces. This equates to a representation rate of 9.2 per cent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared with 1 April 2020. At the same date, there were 2,030 BAME civilian personnel working in MOD (Main). This equates to a representation rate of 6.3 per cent, a rise of 1.8 percentage points compared with 1 April 2017.

Defence publishes biannual statistics on diversity declarations for Armed Forces personnel and MOD civilian staff. The latest editions can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-biannual-diversity-statistics-index

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-diversity-dashboard-index

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the decision by the government of France to withdraw more than 2000 troops from the Sahel for the British forces sent to Mali last year, including any plans to (1) increase the UK presence, or to (2) withdraw our military presence.

The UK is in contact with our French partners on their planned changes to operations in the Sahel; we have had assurances France will retain the key enablers which allow the UK to effectively contribute to operations in the Sahel. Through our recent deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and our programmatic support for stabilisation and conflict resolution, the UK is committed to building peace and stability in the Sahel. We also use our humanitarian assistance to support those most affected by conflict. While military commitments remain under constant review, there are no plans to change the UK presence in the Sahel at this time.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what investment they are providing to support the growth of green shipbuilding in the UK.

The Secretary of State for Defence, in his role as Shipbuilding Tsar, is working across Government to support the shipbuilding enterprise. The National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh will set out our comprehensive support for green shipbuilding, which offers a significant opportunity for driving the renaissance of the sector.

On 22 March 2021 the Department for Transport launched the £20 million Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which has now closed. This will fund feasibility studies and initial technology trials in clean maritime technologies including green shipbuilding, placing the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vessels.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK's exit strategy from Afghanistan included an assessment of the risk of the retaking of Afghan territory by the Taliban in the three months after the UK's withdrawal from that country.

NATO partners were clear that this military withdrawal comes in the context of a renewed regional and domestic push for peace in Afghanistan and that remains the UK's focus. We will remain fully engaged in this process, holding the Taliban to their commitments on engaging in the peace process and preventing terrorists from using Afghanistan to launch international attacks.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many additional agreements the Government has entered into in respect of the US Military’s use of RAF Menwith Hill, aside from the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951; and whether those agreements govern the US’s use of the facilities at the base to support military operations overseas.

The United States (US) military's use of RAF Menwith Hill is enabled through the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (1951), the Visiting Forces Act (1952) and UK/US Cost Sharing Agreement (1973).

Under these arrangements, at the consent of the UK Government, the United States has the use of certain bases in the United Kingdom. The services and facilities at these sites, including RAF Menwith Hill, are predominantly provided by the US Air Force; therefore the US are given the responsibility to operationally run these sites.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of armed forces service leavers have received their veterans ID card.

A Veterans ID card has been automatically issued as standard to all Service leavers from December 2018. 36,091 such cards have been issued up to July 2021.

The Government remains committed to developing an online digital verification tool that will securely and easily allow veterans to verify their service. A delivery date will be confirmed in due course.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for the introduction of the online verification tool for Veterans ID.

A Veterans ID card has been automatically issued as standard to all Service leavers from December 2018. 36,091 such cards have been issued up to July 2021.

The Government remains committed to developing an online digital verification tool that will securely and easily allow veterans to verify their service. A delivery date will be confirmed in due course.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of military personnel referred to date for treatment for long covid at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre have (a) been treated and (b) returned to work.

Between 23 April 2020 and 19 July 2021, the latest period for which figures are available, a total of 462 UK Armed Forces personnel had at least one appointment at one of the COVID clinics at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC). Of these, 447 personnel attended a COVID outpatient appointment, 260 attended a Defence COVID Recovery Service appointment, 224 a COVID course appointment and 26 a COVID course review appointment.

Information about sickness absence in the Armed Forces is not held centrally. It is therefore not possible to provide with accuracy the number of personnel who have returned to work after attending a DMRC COVID clinic.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total constructive loss to his Department of the early withdrawal of the Harrier fleet.

As reported in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15, the total constructive loss resulting from the withdrawal from service of the Harrier fleet was £1,120,917,000.

The MOD Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15 can be accessed via the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482894/19_MOD_ARAc_combined_at_02_Dec_2015_for_web.pdf

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total constructive loss to his Department for the early withdrawal of five Royal Navy and three Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels in 2011-12.

Ministry of Defence financial records are only retained for a period of seven years. In line with accounting procedures in force at the time, only Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) LARGS BAY would have been treated as a constructive loss as it was sold. All other vessels withdrawn during this period were decommissioned.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints from service personnel his Department received on (a) damp, (b) no hot water and (c) heating issues in 2020; and what the average time was to resolve those complaints.

The number of Stage 1 Complaints raised by Service personnel living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and Single Living Accommodation (SLA) for issues relating to damp, no hot water and heating during 2020 is set out below, together with the average time to resolve those complaints:

SFA

Complaint Type

Number of Complaints

Duration of time to resolve complaint (average)

Damp & Mould

460

18.15 days

Hot Water

401

7.39 days

Heating

712

8.04 day

SLA

Complaint Type

Number of Complaints

Duration of time to resolve complaint (average)

Damp & Mould

0

0

Hot Water

2

19 days

Heating

0

0

A stage 1 complaint is raised when an occupant is dissatisfied with the service in response to a work task.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to nationalise Sheffield Forgemasters; and what assessment they have made of the importance of Sheffield Forgemasters to the supply of the UK's nuclear submarine fleet.

Sheffield Forgemasters is a strategic supplier to Defence; therefore, officials are in regular dialogue with company representatives. I have seen the media speculation about the company, and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Chief of Defence Staff Directive on Embedded Personnel 2/16, what definition his Department uses to define significant support in the context ​of assistance provided during lethal operations by UK personnel embedded in partner forces.

All UK Armed Forces embedded with our allies on operations remain subject to UK law wherever they are deployed. Embedded personnel receive a comprehensive pre-deployment briefing that covers what they may or may not do during operations and which follows Government intent. Should they be asked to undertake action outwith that set out in their pre-deployment briefing they are able to reach back to UK command for legal and policy advice.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the objectives of the NATO led coalition in Afghanistan were; and which of those objectives have been achieved.

Our primary objective when we deployed to Afghanistan 20 years ago was to ensure that it was not used as a base for international terrorism. There has not been a successful international terrorist attack on the West mounted from Afghanistan since.

The UK has played a critical role in developing the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. Alongside our NATO Allies we have built and equipped security institutions; trained over 5,000 cadets, including over 300 women; and supported a stable election process. Afghan forces have led security in Afghanistan for the last six years, and are countering security threats across the country. The UK and allies will continue to provide financial assistance to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed overseas, by country of deployment.

In addition to the 7,025 at sea in Ships and Submarines around the globe, figures for those deployed overseas on 22 Jul 2021, including in Defence Sections of Embassies, International Headquarters, permanent deployments, on UN Duties, on Operations, participating in international exercises, or in support of other Defence activity, are listed in the table below. This represents a snapshot as numbers are continuously changing. Some of these details have been withheld due to operational sensitivity, including our current presence in Afghanistan.

COUNTRY

Personnel

ALBANIA

1

ALGERIA

2

ARGENTINA

2

AUSTRALIA

200

AUSTRIA

2

BAHRAIN

193

BANGLADESH

1

BARBADOS

3

BELGIUM

280

BELIZE

67

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

3

BRAZIL

2

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

734

BULGARIA

1

CAMEROON

17

CANADA

295

CHAD

1

CHILE

2

CHINA

5

COLOMBIA

3

CROATIA

5

CURACAO

2

CYPRUS

3,272

CZECH REPUBLIC

18

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

4

DENMARK

4

DIEGO GARCIA

43

DJIBOUTI

4

EGYPT

4

ESTONIA

716

ETHIOPIA

2

FALKLAND ISLANDS

843

FIJI

1

FINLAND

1

FRANCE

83

GEORGIA

34

GERMANY

585

GHANA

3

GIBRALTAR

516

GREECE

53

INDIA

8

INDONESIA

2

IRAQ

152

IRELAND

1

ISRAEL

4

ITALY

196

JAMAICA

2

JAPAN

5

JORDAN

215

KAZAKHSTAN

2

KENYA

617

KOSOVO

36

KUWAIT

84

LATVIA

19

LEBANON

4

LITHUANIA

2

MALAYSIA

7

MALI

442

MEXICO

2

MOLDOVA

1

MOROCCO

2

NEPAL

69

NETHERLANDS

116

NEW ZEALAND

6

NIGERIA

53

NORTH MACEDONIA

3

NORWAY

49

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

6

OMAN

235

PAKISTAN

13

POLAND

164

PORTUGAL

27

QATAR

134

ROMANIA

175

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

1

SAINT HELENA, ASCENSION AND TRISTAN DA CUNHA

23

SAUDI ARABIA

142

SENEGAL

6

SERBIA

1

SEYCHELLES

1

SIERRA LEONE

2

SINGAPORE

9

SLOVAKIA

1

SLOVENIA

11

SOMALIA

63

SOUTH AFRICA

2

SOUTH KOREA

7

SOUTH SUDAN

5

SPAIN

37

SRI LANKA

1

SWEDEN

3

THAILAND

2

TUNISIA

4

TURKEY

46

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

15

UGANDA

2

UKRAINE

436

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

141

UNITED STATES

1,053

UZBEKISTAN

1

VIETNAM

2

ZAMBIA

6

ZIMBABWE

1

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the total constructive losses to his Department for the termination of Project Hydrus in 2010.

Following the decision not to proceed with construction activities on Project Hydrus, the final write off cost for the termination of the project was £117.7 million and components valued at £71 million were incorporated into the joint UK/French hydrodynamic capability established under the TEUTATES Treaty.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for publishing his Department's next Equipment Plan.

We plan to publish the Ministry of Defence's 2021-2031 Equipment Plan in Autumn 2021.

The 10 largest programmes by whole life costs in the department's Equipment Plan, as of 31 March, are:

Programme Name

Dreadnought

Complex Weapons Portfolio

Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme

Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information Systems

Astute Boats 1-7

Future Maritime Support Programme

Lightning Programme

Future Beyond Line Of Sight

Armoured Cavalry

The department reports on these programmes as part of the Government's Major Projects Portfolio which includes whole life cost data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/major-projects-data#2021-data.

Cost estimates are developed in accordance with HM Treasury guidance (including The Green Book and HM Treasury Business Case Guidance) and the MOD's guidance on investment approvals (Joint Service Publication 655). Costs are regularly scrutinised and monitored through these processes.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority will be publishing their annual report shortly that will include those whole life costs that can be disclosed while respecting ongoing competitive tendering or other commercial sensitivities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which the 10 largest programmes are by value in his Department's latest Equipment Plan; and what estimate he has made of the (a) acquisition cost and (b) through-life cost of each of those programmes.

We plan to publish the Ministry of Defence's 2021-2031 Equipment Plan in Autumn 2021.

The 10 largest programmes by whole life costs in the department's Equipment Plan, as of 31 March, are:

Programme Name

Dreadnought

Complex Weapons Portfolio

Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme

Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information Systems

Astute Boats 1-7

Future Maritime Support Programme

Lightning Programme

Future Beyond Line Of Sight

Armoured Cavalry

The department reports on these programmes as part of the Government's Major Projects Portfolio which includes whole life cost data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/major-projects-data#2021-data.

Cost estimates are developed in accordance with HM Treasury guidance (including The Green Book and HM Treasury Business Case Guidance) and the MOD's guidance on investment approvals (Joint Service Publication 655). Costs are regularly scrutinised and monitored through these processes.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority will be publishing their annual report shortly that will include those whole life costs that can be disclosed while respecting ongoing competitive tendering or other commercial sensitivities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings (a) he has had and (b) officials in his Department have had with City of York Council on the disposal of Ministry of Defence sites in York as part of his Department's A Better Defence Estate programme.

Officials in the Department have met with City of York Council officers on seven occasions since April 2016 in relation to the inclusion of Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Towthorpe Lines and Imphal Barracks within the local plan. The Department is unaware of any such meetings between the Defence Secretary and the City of York Council.

Imphal Barracks will be disposed of in 2031 which we understand is within the local plan period of 2017-2032/33. The Council’s draft policy supports the site delivering 769 dwellings, recognising development is not anticipated to commence until the end of the plan period.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the disposal and redevelopment of Imphal Barracks will contribute to new build figures for York given that the disposal of that site fells outside of the Local Plan time period.

Officials in the Department have met with City of York Council officers on seven occasions since April 2016 in relation to the inclusion of Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Towthorpe Lines and Imphal Barracks within the local plan. The Department is unaware of any such meetings between the Defence Secretary and the City of York Council.

Imphal Barracks will be disposed of in 2031 which we understand is within the local plan period of 2017-2032/33. The Council’s draft policy supports the site delivering 769 dwellings, recognising development is not anticipated to commence until the end of the plan period.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total net expenditure on (a) research and (b) development by his Department in financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces an annual 'Research and development expenditure by the UK government' publication which provides detail of research and development expenditure for UK government Departments including the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The ONS publication reviews research and development expenditure in detail and presents the net expenditure broken down into 'Research' and 'Development' spend respectively. The latest release of this publication covers financial year 2019/20 expenditure and can be found here: Research and development expenditure by the UK government - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

As outlined in the ONS publication, MOD's net expenditure in 2019/20 on Research was £647 million and on Development was £370 million.

The detail of the Ministry of Defence's net research and development expenditure for 2020/21 will be published by the ONS in April 2022. MOD's audited Annual Report and Accounts, which will include total R&D spend in financial year 2020/21, will be published in September.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how many projects received funding from the Defence Innovation Fund in 2020/21 and (b) what was the total amount spent on those projects by his Department.

59 Projects received funding from the Defence Innovation Fund in 2020-21. The total amount spent on these projects was around £70 million.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of Defence Digital.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of Defence Digital.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of the Submarine Delivery Agency.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of the Submarine Delivery Agency.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the SSNR programme to replace the Astute class submarines.

The Submersible Ship Nuclear (Replacement) project is currently in the Programme Definition and Design Phase, during which the Ministry of Defence will identify potential capability solution choices.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Ministry of Defence procurement spending went to UK (a) small and (b) medium-sized enterprises in financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21.

In financial year 2019/20, the Department spent £4.515 billion directly and indirectly with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, accounting for 21.3% of our procurement spend. The figures for financial year 2020/21 are due to be published by the Government early next year.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2021 to Question 18563 on Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund, what estimate he has made of the potential future cost to the public purse in the (a) short term and (b) long term in relation to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s role as a sponsoring employer of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund scheme.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) seafarers are Ministry of Defence (MOD) employees and members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme. The RFA does not sponsor the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund and the MOD is not responsible for any costs or entitlements associated with it.

In addition, my answer to Questions 18563 and 18564 on 28 June 2021 contained an error. It stated:

The RFA does not sponsor the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund and the MOD is not responsible for any costs or entitlements associated with it.

It should have said:

The RFA does not sponsor the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund and the MOD is not responsible for any costs or entitlements associated with it.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)