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)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
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)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 26th October 2021
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Defence Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
26 Oct 2021, 2 p.m.
Withdrawal from Afghanistan
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 27th October 2021
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Legislation - Grand Committee
27 Oct 2021, 4:15 p.m.
Armed Forces Bill – Committee (day 1)
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Tuesday 2nd November 2021
15:45
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Legislation - Grand Committee
2 Nov 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Armed Forces Bill – committee stage (day 2)
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Scheduled Event
Monday 8th November 2021
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Armed Forces Bill – committee stage (day 3)
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Scheduled Event
Monday 15th November 2021
14:30
Ministry of Defence
Oral questions - Main Chamber
15 Nov 2021, 2:30 p.m.
Defence (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 21st October 2021
Sir Richard Henriques Review
Written Statements
Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 9th September 2021
Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Defence Committee is inquiring into developments following the US agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 to withdraw NATO …

Written Answers
Friday 22nd October 2021
Refugees: Afghanistan
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has been made of the number of Afghan …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 15th March 2021
Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2021
This Order amends the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 (“the Scheme”), which makes provision for the payment of pensions and …
Bills
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Armed Forces Bill 2021-22
A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed …
Dept. Publications
Friday 22nd October 2021
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Ministry of Defence Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

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Mar. 10
Westminster Hall
Jun. 15
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

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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

Defence Committee

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
Defence Committee: Upcoming Events
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
Withdrawal from Afghanistan
26 Oct 2021, 2 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
General Sir Nick Carter - Chief of the Defence Staff at Ministry of Defence
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP - Secretary of State for Defence at Ministry of Defence

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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

19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral contribution of 21 September 2021, Official Report, column 151, whether he will offer a Privy Council briefing on the security situation on the ground in Afghanistan.

The Secretary of State will offer a briefing on Privy Council terms and has asked officials to make the necessary arrangements.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which year each Royal Navy Type 23 frigate will be retired.

As the Rt Hon. Member is aware HMS Monmouth was decommissioned in June 2021, on current plans the remainder of the class will be incrementally retired before the last exit from service in 2035.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what year he estimates the (a) Type 26, (b) Type 31 and (c) Type 32 will enter service.

For details on Type 26 and Type 31, I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence (Baroness Goldie), on 9 March 2021 to Question HL13634 in the House of Lords and the answer I gave to the Rt Hon. Member for North Durham on 5 March 2021 to Question 22374.

Type 32 remains in the conceptual phase, however on current projected plans, the expected in-service date is in the early 2030s.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of excluding dependents over the age of 18 as part of Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy on eligible family’s wellbeing; and what support is being offered to families affected by that policy.

Under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), an eligible applicant can be accompanied by a spouse over the age of 18 and their dependent children under the age of 18, however we will always consider exceptionally compelling and compassionate circumstances for additional dependants on a case-by-case basis.

The ARAP Leave Outside The Rules (LOTR) scheme is enduring, and under this the ARAP team continue to consider and accept additional family members of ARAP eligible individuals for relocation where those family members are highly vulnerable, at risk and dependant on the primary applicant.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many personnel who are part of the UK's carrier strike group have tested positive for COVID-19.

As of 15 October 2021, 710 UK Armed Forces Personnel were reported as having tested positive to COVID-19 since the UK Carrier Strike Group deployed in May 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are currently deployed to help support the NHS.

As of 14 October 2021, 559 military personnel were deployed to support the NHS.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has been made of the number of Afghan nationals called forward for evacuation but unable to board flights who will be offered a place under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

Regrettably we were not able to evacuate all individuals eligible for the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) prior to the conclusion of Operation Pitting on 28 August. Of the 311 ARAP eligible individuals who were not evacuated, 245 remain in Afghanistan and the MOD's commitment to them endures.

There will be no requirement to consider these individuals for the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) as the MOD is continuing to facilitate relocation to the UK for these individuals under the ARAP scheme.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30 September 2021 to Question 51826 on Refugees: Afghanistan, how many dependants of British nationals were evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Pitting.

During Operation Pitting around 8,000 British Nationals and their families were evacuated. Records do not distinguish between British Nationals and dependants of British Nationals.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2021 to Question 52414, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff have received their refresher training for information security.

All Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel are required to undertake initial and refresher training to ensure they can recognise threats to security and can respond appropriately. The mandated training is the Defence Information Management Passport (DIMP) online course, which must be retaken every three years, and annual attendance at a General Security Threat Brief (this covers all elements of protective security and includes information and cyber security).

In the period 1 February 2021 (when Version six was introduced) to 4 October 2021, a total of 81,306 MOD staff completed or refreshed their DIMP in accordance with the three-yearly cycle. Completion data is not held by grade within the Defence Learning Environment. Longer term training records will be held locally by business units, but collating this information would involve going out to all sites across MOD, and this would incur disproportionate cost.

General Security Threat Briefs are delivered locally, and no data regarding attendance is held centrally. Again, collating this information would involve going out to all sites across MOD, and this would incur disproportionate cost.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Ministry of Defence will publish its artificial intelligence strategy.

The Ministry of Defence will publish the first Defence Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy later this year.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement the Ministry of Defence has in securing and protecting the UK’s energy supplies; and what is their strategy for that role.

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy is responsible for the overall operation and resilience of the UK's domestic energy market. In parallel, defence of the UK and its overseas territories from the malicious intent of our adversaries is the first task of the Ministry of Defence. This extends to being prepared to defend against and counter external hostile threats to our way of life and the delivery of critical services. Our strategy for this is set out in the Defence Command Paper, published on 22 March 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 41708, on Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Shipping, and his letter dated 29 September 2021, for all periods of planned maintenance on (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary surface vessels between 2017 and 2021 that finished later than originally scheduled, what the average delay was to the completion of the maintenance period (a) in number of weeks and (b) as a proportion of the originally planned time.

Unfortunately, it will take some time to collate and analyse the information requested. To ensure I can provide as much detail as possible, I will write to the Rt Hon. Member with the detail requested once it has been gathered and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 41708, on Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Shipping, and his letter dated 29 September, for all periods of planned maintenance on (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary surface vessels between 2017 and 2021, if he will provide details of (a) which contractors undertook that maintenance and (b) the number of projects each contractor completed later than scheduled.

Unfortunately, it will take some time to collate and analyse the information requested. To ensure I can provide as much detail as possible, I will write to the Rt Hon. Member with the detail requested once it has been collated and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are currently deployed as HGV drivers.

Under Military Aid to Civilian Authority, Defence has made available approximately 250 military fuel tanker drivers and a similar number of support staff, to assist the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with ensuring the continuity of fuel supplies around Great Britain.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment the Government has made of the role of (a) Whatsapp, (b) Signal, (c) Telegram and (d) other social media messaging services in Taliban military command, control and communications in (i) totality and (ii) the summer 2021 advance on Kabul; and if he will make a statement.

It is not Ministry of Defence policy to comment on intelligence matters.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) how many and what proportion of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) for which the Ministry of Defence has management responsibility are in favourable condition and (b) what steps he plans to take to bring SSSIs in unfavourable condition into favourable condition.

The UK defence estate includes 174 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) covering 82,232 hectares. SSSIs are designated and assessed differently between all four nations.

Country

Number of SSSIs

Total Hectares covered

England

136

70,468

Wales

22

4,731

Scotland

14

5,944

Northern Ireland

2

1,089

In England 48.4% of the hectares are deemed by Natural England to be in Favourable condition.

In Wales, 41% of the hectares is deemed by Natural Resources Wales to be in Appropriate Conservation Management.

Scotland has 14 SSSIs covering 5,944 hectares, this includes 115 separate SSSI features with 93.9% deemed by NatureScot to be in Favourable condition.

Northern Ireland includes two Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) covering 1089 hectares. This includes 12 separate ASSI features, ten of which are deemed by Northern Ireland Environment Agency to be in a Favourable condition with 2 in an Unfavourable recovering condition

The MOD SSSI Condition Improvement Project has been in place for over ten years to deliver improvements in the condition of SSSIs across the defence estate. MOD is investing £1.2 million directly into managing MOD SSSIs in this financial year. Currently in England 97% of sites are assessed as favourable or recovering condition.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made of the award of the tender for the Queen Elizabeth Class dry dock contract.

The Ministry of Defence is currently conducting a commercial competition for Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier dry-docking periods, with work ongoing to identify a preferred bidder. This process is expected to conclude in early 2022, with the first dry-docking period planned for 2023.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to provide Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants with a reference number where that number has not been generated on submission of their application.

Applicants to the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) are assigned a reference number when their case is progressed by a member of the ARAP casework team.

Once their eligibility is confirmed, the applicant is informed of this decision and at this point are provided with their reference number.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the £250 million Royal Yacht contract that will be reserved for payments for the interior design of the vessel.

The Ministry of Defence has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding was allocated to medical and dental services for the armed forces in each year since 2015.

The Headquarters of the Defence Medical Services (HQ DMS) is responsible for healthcare to the Armed Forces. The HQ DMS Higher Level Budget allocation for Financial Years 2015-2016 to 2021-2022 is provided in the table below.

Financial Year

£ million

2015-16

499.57

2016-17

505.54

2017-18

482.91

2018-19

473.94

2019-20

499.15

2020-21

501.52

2021-22

522.69

There is other expenditure on healthcare by the single Services that is not accounted for centrally. This information could not be provided in the time available so I will write to the hon. Member.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has plans to certify rotary aircraft to transport F135 engines to Carrier Strike Group.

The Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit has certified the F-35 engine to be carried as an external load beneath the Chinook helicopter, which can operate from the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians have been killed by British airstrikes against ISIS-K as part of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, including the number of (a) children and (b) identifying family groups.

The UK has not conducted any airstrikes against ISIS-K under Operation HERRICK or Operation TORAL.

Under Operation SHADER, the UK's contribution to the US-led Coalition, Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, the UK has conducted airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The UK has accepted responsibility for one Civilian Casualty that occurred during an airstrike on Daesh fighters in eastern Syria on the 26th March 2018. This incident was subject to a Written Ministerial Statement on 2 May 2018.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilians have been injured by British airstrikes against ISIS-K as part of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, including the number of (a) children and (b) identifying family groups.

The UK has not conducted any airstrikes against ISIS-K under Operation HERRICK or Operation TORAL.

Under Operation SHADER, the UK's contribution to the US-led Coalition, Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, the UK has conducted airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The UK has accepted responsibility for one Civilian Casualty that occurred during an airstrike on Daesh fighters in eastern Syria on the 26th March 2018. This incident was subject to a Written Ministerial Statement on 2 May 2018.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department last procured (a) CHARM 3 rounds of any nature and (b) CHARM 3 charge bags.

The CHARM 3 operational round (L27) was last procured in September 2001 and its associated propelling charge (L17) in November 2010. The CHARM 3 practice round (L29) was last procured in April 2009 and its associated propelling charge (L18) in February 2010.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what his Department last procured (a) ammunition rounds for the 155mm AS90 self-propelled artillery system and (b) propellant charges.

The most recent procurements of 155mm ammunition were the L21 variant High Explosive training shell in April 2021, and the L18 propelling charge in December 2020.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much defence equipment has been (a) sold and (b) gifted to Lebanon in the last five years.

No defence equipment has been sold to Lebanon by the Ministry of Defence through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority in the last five years. A range of items including spares, communications and IT equipment, have however been gifted to Lebanon through the UK Conflict Security and Stability fund.

In addition, a total of 100 Revised Weapons Mounted Installation Kit Land Rovers were gifted to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in 2021. The donation of these vehicles demonstrates the UK's commitment to supporting the LAF and promoting security and stability in the region.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the (a) Typhoon, (b) F-35B, (c) AH-64E Apache, (d) E-7 Wedgetail, (e) Land Ceptor/Sky Sabre SAM system will achieve formal linkage into the Gladiator training system.

Programme Gladiator, the RAF's contribution to the Defence Operational Training Capability (DOTC), will integrate the E-3D Rearcrew Trainer (RCT) from Mar 2022 to provide a transitional capability to E-7A Wedgetail, the Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) in spring 2023, the Typhoon Future Synthetic Trainer (TFST) in autumn 2023 and UK F-35B Lightning in 2024.

Following our recent announcement of further investment in Gladiator, work is underway to formalise integration of additional training systems including E-7A Wedgetail, scheduled for spring 2026, as well as Airseeker, Poseidon, Protector, Crowsnest, Guardian and the Maritime Composite Training System (MTCS) over the 2023-2026 timeframe.

While AH-64E Apache and Land Ceptor/Sky Sabre will be computer-generated in the Gladiator Synthetic environment from Initial Operating Capability, there are no funded plans to integrate their respective simulator synthetic training systems; however, options to further expand Gladiator continue to be explored.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 September 2021 to Question 51904, on Warships: Repairs and Maintenance, if he will outline the logistics supply chain responsible for transferring F-135 engines to Carrier Strike Group.

The manufacturer is responsible for transporting the engines to suitable hubs around the globe. Defence Support Chain Operations & Movements are then responsible for transporting the engine from the hub to the Carrier Strike Group.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of service personnel undertake the Annual Mental Fitness Brief each year.

From 11 October 2021, the Annual Mental Fitness Brief has been mandated for all Armed Forces Personnel. The brief covers health and wellbeing, stress management, how to transform stress into mental resilience and where personnel can seek appropriate help.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will reconsider the Army Air Corps’ minimum height requirement for pilots of 5 feet 4 and a half inches in line with the US Air Force's decision to remove this height requirement last year.

Army Air Corps (AAC) pilot selection is based upon an assessment of the British Army's principal aircraft (Wildcat and Apache). AAC policy is not comparable to that of the US Air Force, whose requirements will be based upon their individual aircraft fleet. The anthropometric standards for AAC pilots will be reviewed in line with any changes to the aircraft fleet to ensure the AAC can continue to recruit from the widest talent base, whilst ensuring pilots can operate the aircraft safely.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel were assigned to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy team as of 18 October 2021.

On 18 October 2021, 59 personnel were working on the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) team at Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ).

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful applicants to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme have been relocated to the UK since the conclusion of Operation Pitting.

Between the conclusion of Operation Pitting on 28 August and 19 October 2021, 91 individuals have been relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), including primary applicants and their dependants.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what stage plans are at to relocate a regiment of the Royal Engineers from Kinloss to England; and what consultation has taken place with stakeholders in Scotland on those plans.

There are no plans to relocate 39 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland to any other base.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has incurred any extra costs as a result of the delay to the in-service date of the ASRAAM Sustainment Programme.

The ASRAAM sustainment programme continues to be delivered within Complex Weapons Portfolio contract price. On current plans, the resultant ASRAAM Block 6 standard is due to enter service on Typhoon in 2022 and F-35 Lightning II in 2024.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the ASRAAM Sustainment programme has entered service on the (a) Typhoons and (b) F-35 IIs.

The ASRAAM sustainment programme continues to be delivered within Complex Weapons Portfolio contract price. On current plans, the resultant ASRAAM Block 6 standard is due to enter service on Typhoon in 2022 and F-35 Lightning II in 2024.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to help prevent potential halts in production of defence components in the defence supply chain sector owing to the impact of price rises in the UK energy markets.

We routinely monitor risk and fragility in the defence supply-chain, including those associated with rising commodity prices, and work closely with suppliers where consideration needs to made of targeted intervention.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many medical and dental professionals were employed by the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF in each year since 2015.

For the years requested, the tables below provide the number of trained and trade trained (Army) Medical and Dental Officers in the UK Regular Armed Forces.

Medical Officers

1 April 2015

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

1 April 2018

1 April 2019

1 April 2020

1 April 2021

Royal Navy/Royal Marines

260

250

260

260

290

280

280

Army

560

540

560

540

520

550

560

RAF

230

200

210

200

210

200

210

Dental Officers

1 April 2015

1 April 2016

1 April 2017

1 April 2018

1 April 2019

1 April 2020

1 April 2021

Royal Navy/Royal Marines

50

50

40

40

40

40

40

Army

110

100

100

100

90

90

80

RAF

40

40

40

40

30

30

30

UK Regulars are full-time Service personnel, including Nursing Services, excluding Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guarding Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, and Non-Regular Permanent Service. Figures are comprised of Medical Officers and Dental Officers. They do not include Nursing Officers or Other Ranks in medical or dental trades.

Trained strength comprises military personnel who have completed Phase 1 and 2 training for Royal Navy/Royal Marines and the RAF. Following the change in definition of trained strength for the Army, from 1 October 2016, trained strength for the Army comprises of personnel who have completed Phase 1 training. Trade trained strength relates to the Army only and includes personnel who have passed Phase 2 training.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, though numbers ending in a 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent the systematic bias caused by always rounding numbers upwards.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is to date of the Afghan relocation programme (ARAP); and whether funding for ARAP is classified as Official Development Assistance and payable from the present ODA budget.

The current estimate of MOD cost of supporting the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) is £8.25 million. This includes:

  • Pre Op PITTING movement of ARAP persons to UK.
  • The ARAP share for Op PITTING.
  • Early costs arising from the movement of ARAP persons from 3rd

The MOD continues to incur costs for the movement of persons to the UK, but is not responsible for the significant costs will be incurred by Home Office in delivering the Managed Quarantine Service, bridging accommodation and wrap around support for the ARAP population in the UK, including costs of accommodation and services once in the UK.

We do not anticipate that this expenditure will be classified as Official Development Assistance

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 41667 on Afghanistan: Immigration, and with reference to the email of 6 October 2021 from the Right Hon. Member for Leeds Central, if he will urgently review the application by S, the former interpreter for UK forces whose case was covered on BBC Newsnight on 2 August 2021 and 19 August 2021, under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme.

This application for relocation under the ARAP scheme is now subject to legal proceedings brought by the applicant against the MOD. These proceedings are ongoing, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK-operated F-35s are currently onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The UK has eight RAF F-35s onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel employed by the Army are qualified as Class 1 HGV drivers; of those how many are stationed in the UK; of those stationed in the UK how many are qualified to drive hazardous or dangerous goods, such as petrol.

Under Military Aid to Civilian Authority, Defence has made available approximately 250 military fuel tanker drivers and a similar number of support staff, to assist the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with ensuring the continuity of fuel supplies around Great Britain. As part of ensuring that Defence has a suitably qualified workforce, we train personnel in a variety of different categories of driving licences. This is primarily to enable the safe operation of military vehicles and equipment in worldwide operations and qualified personnel are regularly deployed overseas. It would therefore be misleading to specify numbers of qualified personnel against specific driving license requirements currently held within Defence or specifically in the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for the development of the maritime sector in respect of ship building or repair in Cornwall to service offshore or transport requirements.

The refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy, to be published later this year, will set out how this Government will support the entire UK shipbuilding enterprise. The scope of this strategy has been broadened from the previous naval-focussed 2017 strategy, to set the conditions for success across the entire shipbuilding enterprise, including repair.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's plans are for a new Medium Lift Helicopter.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19 October 2021 to Question 56262 from the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr Morgan).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the disposal of the Kinnegar Logistics Base in Holywood, County Down, in the last 18 months.

Ministry of Defence officials have continued to discuss the future plans and disposal options for Kinnegar Logistics Base with Ards and North Down Borough council, their planning team and their regeneration team on a regular basis over the last 18 months. The last meeting was on 30 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s planned Research and Expenditure spend is for (a) this financial year and (b) each of the next four financial years.

The 2020 Spending Review (SR) Settlement sets out a ringfence for defence R&D amounting to at least £6.6 billion over four years from 2021-22. This funding will support next generation capabilities from satellites and automation to AI and novel weapons.

For this financial year, current plans indicate that we will spend in excess of the £960 million ringfence as reported at Main Estimates. Investment plans for the subsequent 4 years are still subject to change and will be considered in annual budgeting cycles. However, R&D investment is expected to meet the £6.6 million ringfence by financial year 2024-2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department purchased a war stock of 40mm case telescoped ammunition for the (a) Warrior CSP fleet and (b) Ajax fleet.

A combined war stock of 40mm case telescoped ammunition is in the process of being delivered to meet defence requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 158 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013 to 2014, what the constructive loss of £860,000,000 for impairment charges for certain non-current assets and current asset inventory resulting from inventory impairment exercise conducted in year relate to.

The Ministry of Defence Accounts had been subject to a National Audit Office (NAO) audit qualification in the years prior to 2013-14 due to failures to demonstrate adequate consideration of potential impairments of non-current and current asset inventory holdings. As a result, an extensive exercise was undertaken during 2013-14 of all such holdings which identified both historic and current year events that gave rise to accounting impairments.

For example, the then planned earlier retirement of Tornado necessitated an impairment as it was considered that not all asset holdings would now be fully utilised prior to end of service life. It was also identified that a number of other programme holdings were in surplus relative to usage profile whilst a smaller number had suffered damage or technical obsolescence limiting or precluding future use. The value of these assets therefore needed to be impaired to reflect their realistic useful value to MOD. The overall value of these impairment adjustments being £860 million.

As part of the activity, a business as usual process was also established to ensure enduring consideration and recognition of impairment. The full details of the exercise and conclusions reached were subject to internal audit review and then submitted to the NAO who conducted further testing, the result of which was the audit qualification was lifted.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s total expenditure for Research and Development was in each year between 2010-11 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 total net R&D spend for MOD in each year since 2010/11, in current prices, is summarised in the table below.

£million

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total R&D expenditure

1,693

1,306

1,460

1,516

1,704

1,636

1,623

1,634

1,647

1,017


The ONS publications covering expenditure in financial years 2010-11 to 2019-20 can be found here: Research and development expenditure by the UK government Statistical bulletins - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk).

The detail of MOD'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, is expected to be published in November.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy will be published.

The Refresh to the National Shipbuilding Strategy will be published later this year.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)