Earl Attlee Portrait

Earl Attlee

Conservative - Excepted Hereditary

Earl Attlee is not a member of any APPGs
Services Committee
1st Sep 2016 - 27th Apr 2017
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 31st Aug 2016
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
11th May 2010 - 8th Apr 2014
Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport)
13th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2013
Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill Special Public Bill Committee
22nd Jan 2013 - 13th Feb 2013
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
15th Jan 2007 - 30th Oct 2007


Scheduled Event
Thursday 7th July 2022
Short debate - Grand Committee
Sustainability Statement for the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division for operations at the large scale of effort against a peer opponent
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Division Votes
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 208 Conservative No votes vs 2 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 229
Speeches
Thursday 16th June 2022
Prison Officers: Occupational Pension
My Lords, I am 65. In my time, I have undertaken military operations overseas and international aid operations overseas, but …
Written Answers
Monday 25th April 2022
Railways: Portsmouth
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much taxpayer funding is being saved per month by having only one fast train …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Earl Attlee has voted in 161 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Nov 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Earl Attlee voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 44 Conservative No votes vs 147 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 165 Noes - 433
9 Nov 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Earl Attlee voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 134 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 148 Noes - 407
8 Dec 2021 - Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - View Vote Context
Earl Attlee voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative No votes vs 128 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 211 Noes - 82
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(8 debate interactions)
Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(49 debate contributions)
Home Office
(27 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(11 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(6 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Earl Attlee has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Earl Attlee has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Earl Attlee has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Earl Attlee has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


64 Written Questions in the current parliament

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16th Jul 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether (1) letters, and (2) e-mails, from members of the House of Lords to the Lord Speaker, in his capacity as Lord Speaker, can be released as result of a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if so, what steps are being taken to ensure that the Lord Speaker is able to be informed confidentially of the views of members of the House while the restrictions are in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rights of access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act") apply to information recorded in any form which is held by a public authority. Correspondence such as letters and e-mails falls within the definition of information. Correspondence sent by members of the House of Lords to the Lord Speaker in his capacity as Lord Speaker would be held by the House of Lords for the purposes of the Act.

Requests for information are considered by the House Administration on a case-by-case basis. Whether correspondence will be disclosed in whole, in part or exempted from disclosure under one or more of the exemptions set out in the Act will depend upon the specific circumstances including the subject matter.

7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with South Western Railway about reverting to providing two fast train services per hour each way between Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour; and when they expect this will happen.

There are currently no plans to reintroduce the second fast service between Portsmouth Harbour and London Waterloo as current demand does not warrant a return of that service. The Department and South West Railway (SWR) will continue to monitor capacity and demand levels on this line and across the network.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much taxpayer funding is being saved per month by having only one fast train per hour on the Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour line rather than the two that were provided prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not running the second fast service between Portsmouth Harbour and Waterloo would be saving an estimated £3.6 million per annum. The Department and South West Railway (SWR) will continue to monitor capacity and demand levels on that line and across the network.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the holders of the South Western Railway franchise regarding the operation of the London to Portsmouth line; and when they expect that timetable to return to pre-pandemic regularity.

South Western Railway will introduce a new timetable from Monday 21st February, which will reinstate services to pre-Omicron levels including the London to Portsmouth line. This follows reducing numbers of Omicron-related staff shortages and growing numbers of passengers returning to the railway.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) regulations, (2) protocols, or (3) engineering standards, that standardise the means of confirming electrical isolation of all the batteries of (a) an electric, or (b) a hybrid, vehicle in the event of a serious collision exist; and if no such measures exist, what assessment they have made of whether they should be introduced.

The UK is actively involved in the development of international regulations for road vehicle approval at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. These regulations take into account novel risks and potential safety concerns associated with hybrid and electric vehicles. The crashworthiness regulations have been amended to require hybrid and electric vehicles to have either an automatic disconnect for the high voltage system or for the electrical system integrity to be maintained after the vehicle undergoes regulated crash testing. A specific regulation dealing with electrical safety of vehicles has been updated to include provisions for the mechanical and electrical testing of the battery, its fire resistance and electrical insulation.

The regulations do not require a means to confirm the isolation of the batteries following a serious collision because it is considered appropriate for those attending the scene to confirm by independent means that the vehicle does not present a hazard or risk. In support of this approach, the Department has developed a guidance document for operators involved in the recovery of hybrid and electric vehicles which will shortly be made available on GOV.UK. Alongside this work, the Department is an active member of Euro NCAP, which has introduced a mobile phone application that provides vehicle specific information for recovery professionals and emergency services to identify the location of key components of the high voltage system.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are any novel risks associated with (1) an electric, or (2) a hybrid, vehicle which has been involved in a serious collision; and what steps they have taken to mitigate any such risks.

The UK is actively involved in the development of international regulations for road vehicle approval at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. These regulations take into account novel risks and potential safety concerns associated with hybrid and electric vehicles. The crashworthiness regulations have been amended to require hybrid and electric vehicles to have either an automatic disconnect for the high voltage system or for the electrical system integrity to be maintained after the vehicle undergoes regulated crash testing. A specific regulation dealing with electrical safety of vehicles has been updated to include provisions for the mechanical and electrical testing of the battery, its fire resistance and electrical insulation.

The regulations do not require a means to confirm the isolation of the batteries following a serious collision because it is considered appropriate for those attending the scene to confirm by independent means that the vehicle does not present a hazard or risk. In support of this approach, the Department has developed a guidance document for operators involved in the recovery of hybrid and electric vehicles which will shortly be made available on GOV.UK. Alongside this work, the Department is an active member of Euro NCAP, which has introduced a mobile phone application that provides vehicle specific information for recovery professionals and emergency services to identify the location of key components of the high voltage system.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Category (1) C, and (2) C+E, HGV drivers held a Driver’s Certificate of Professional Competence during the week commencing 3 January; and what was the equivalent figure for each of the last five years.

The information requested is not currently available for the week commencing 3 January. On 27 November 2021, the most recent date for which data is available, the number of drivers with Category C and C+E driving entitlement who held a Certificate of Professional Competence is shown in the table below. The historic information requested is not held. Officials will write to The Noble Lord with the information from week commencing 3 January when it becomes available.

Category

Volume

1. C

194,261

2. C and CE

420,562

Total C and CE

614,823

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many HGV licences are currently suspended pending a decision by the relevant Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency medical board.

On 14 October, 2,052 vocational drivers were awaiting a decision after having reapplied for driving entitlement that had previously been revoked or an application had been refused on medical grounds. It is not possible to determine how many of these are specifically for HGV driving entitlement.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 September (HL2684), how many HGV drivers with a group C+E licence but without a Driver CPC are aged between (1) 18 and 40, (2) 41 and 50, (3) 51 and 55, (4) 56 to 60, (5) 61 to 65, (6) 66 to 70, and (7) 71 to 90.

The table below shows the number of drivers in each age group holding category C or C+E driving entitlement and who do not have a certificate of professional competence as of 18 September.

Age Groups

Category C

Category C+E

18 to 40

76,692

78,058

41 to 50

51,095

40,081

51 to 55

12,206

14,605

56 to 60

6,688

14,225

61 to 65

2,532

9,059

66 to 70

326

1,476

71 to 90

124

1,467

149,663

158,971

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 September (HL2684), how many HGV drivers with a group C licence but without a Driver CPC are aged between (1) 18 and 40, (2) 41 and 50, (3) 51 and 55, (4) 56 to 60, (5) 61 to 65, (6) 66 to 70, and (7) 71 to 90.

The table below shows the number of drivers in each age group holding category C or C+E driving entitlement and who do not have a certificate of professional competence as of 18 September.

Age Groups

Category C

Category C+E

18 to 40

76,692

78,058

41 to 50

51,095

40,081

51 to 55

12,206

14,605

56 to 60

6,688

14,225

61 to 65

2,532

9,059

66 to 70

326

1,476

71 to 90

124

1,467

149,663

158,971

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many HGV drivers who hold either (1) a group C entitlement, or (2) a group C+E entitlement, do not have a driver's certificate of professional competence.

On 4 September 2021, the number of drivers holding category C or C+E driving entitlement who do not have a certificate of professional competence is shown below:

  1. Category C - 149,697 drivers.
  2. Category C+E - 159,631 drivers.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to vehicles operated by the Ministry of Defence; and if not, (1) why not, and (2) what technical reasons there are for not including such vehicles.

The vehicles operated by the Ministry of Defence are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles that were originally built as heavy goods vehicles but have been converted to be a living van (under the C&U regulations definition) are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles of historical interest, as defined in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, will be exempt from these regulations irrespective of the load. However, if such a vehicle is being used commercially, it is not exempted from these regulations, as it is important to balance the granting of any exemptions with the safety of all road users.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to vehicles that were originally built to be heavy goods vehicles but have been converted to meet the test of being a living van; and if not, why not.

The vehicles operated by the Ministry of Defence are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles that were originally built as heavy goods vehicles but have been converted to be a living van (under the C&U regulations definition) are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles of historical interest, as defined in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, will be exempt from these regulations irrespective of the load. However, if such a vehicle is being used commercially, it is not exempted from these regulations, as it is important to balance the granting of any exemptions with the safety of all road users.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the exemption for vehicles defined as historic under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to such vehicles if they are operated with a load at a significant proportion of their gross (1) vehicle, or (2) train, weight; and if not, why not.

The vehicles operated by the Ministry of Defence are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles that were originally built as heavy goods vehicles but have been converted to be a living van (under the C&U regulations definition) are within the scope of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Vehicles of historical interest, as defined in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, will be exempt from these regulations irrespective of the load. However, if such a vehicle is being used commercially, it is not exempted from these regulations, as it is important to balance the granting of any exemptions with the safety of all road users.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Transport and its agents undertook research into the longevity of the life of safe tyres on Heavy Goods Vehicles; how many tyres were (1) selected for, and (2) actually used, in that research; and what steps they took to ensure that their research used controls to allow for the possibility that any changes observed in tyre material over time could have been caused by changes in the mix of the compound used by the manufacturers and not by deterioration.

The Government commissioned fundamental research to understand whether the material properties of a vehicle tyre change with its chronological age to such an extent that the integrity of the tyre, and therefore its safety, is compromised. 44 used tyres were selected as potential test samples, ranging from 3 to 19 years in age and originating from in-service use within the UK vehicle fleet. However, 18 of these tyres exhibited evidence of physical damage, under-inflation, penetrations or repairs and were rejected from the study. The remaining 26 tyres were included, alongside five new tyres for comparator purposes.

To limit the variability from differences in rubber compound, steel cords and construction, all the tyres selected were from the same manufacturer, and the same size and designated usage i.e. for front axles. However, three different tyre models were used, as no single model spanned the complete age range of the tyres selected for the study.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of goods vehicles which are taxed as private and not used commercially that could be affected by the ban on tyres aged 10 years and over.

The Government commissioned fundamental research to understand whether the material properties of a vehicle tyre change with its chronological age to such an extent that the integrity of the tyre, and therefore its safety, is compromised. 44 used tyres were selected as potential test samples, ranging from 3 to 19 years in age and originating from in-service use within the UK vehicle fleet. However, 18 of these tyres exhibited evidence of physical damage, under-inflation, penetrations or repairs and were rejected from the study. The remaining 26 tyres were included, alongside five new tyres for comparator purposes.

To limit the variability from differences in rubber compound, steel cords and construction, all the tyres selected were from the same manufacturer, and the same size and designated usage i.e. for front axles. However, three different tyre models were used, as no single model spanned the complete age range of the tyres selected for the study.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have conducted with industry regarding suitable vehicles for H licence driving tests.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency consults with driving test customers on a regular basis regarding the suitability of vehicles for a practical Cat H test; most cases are from the farming industry - tracked crawlers being the preferred vehicle.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many changes to the H licence driving test requirements regarding (1) vehicles, and (2) locations, have been communicated to the relevant training providers in the last five years.

There have been no statutory changes in the last 5 years to the requirements regarding vehicles and locations.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency permits the use of armoured or automatically commanded vehicles for H licence driving tests; and if so, what assessment they have made of any such policy.

Tests conducted in commanded armoured vehicles are currently under review. The Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are in discussions with the Ministry of Defence and the Vehicle Certifications Agency about what military vehicles are suitable for category H practical driving tests. This includes an assessment of the legality of such vehicles, notably in relation to the Construction and Use Regulations, and the safety implications given that the requirement is for the test to be conducted on public roads.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's vehicle requirements for H licence driving tests have had on defence contractors' H licence acquisitions.

There have been no statutory changes in the last 5 years to the requirements regarding vehicles and locations. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency meets regularly with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to discuss a range of matters, including the requirements for its defence contractors. The MoD is closely involved in an on-going review of the suitability of armoured vehicles for category H driving tests.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles have been issued with a certificate of temporary exemption from plating or testing under section 53(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, during each of the last five calendar years before 31 December 2019.

There were no heavy goods vehicles issued with a certificate of temporary exemption from plating or testing under section 53(5) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 during each of the last five calendar years before 31 December 2019.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators are expected to carry out six-weekly safety inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic; whether they are conducting such inspections; and if so, why it is not possible to carry out statutory MOT tests on HGVs.

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators are expected to maintain their vehicles in order to ensure their safety at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, specific guidance relating to periodic maintenance inspections was published by the Traffic Commissioners, setting out circumstances in which inspection periods may be extended.

Primary legislation identifies annual testing for heavy goods vehicles as distinct from the MOT scheme. For most heavy vehicles the statutory annual tests are an independent check which supplements the periodic maintenance inspections. Permitting a wider range of testers for the statutory annual HGV test would require significant work to establish a regime which assures the quality and independence of testing and manages road safety risk and financial incentives.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the salary range for Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency-employed heavy vehicle testers who undertake tests at authorised testing facilities; and what travel allowances are available to them.

Vehicle Standards Assessors (VSA) conduct heavy goods vehicle (HGV) tests at Authorised Testing Facilities (ATF).

The basic annual salary for a VSA is £21,167 plus a technical recruitment allowance of £2,590 per annum. In addition, they receive one of two payments dependent on their committed availability to be scheduled for testing as follows:

  • Option A:

    An annual payment of £2,400 for being scheduled between 06:00 – 22:00 Monday to Friday and 06:00 – 18:00 Saturday

  • Option B:

An annual payment of £3,500 for being scheduled in line with Option A above plus:

  • 06:00 – 18:00 Sunday

  • 06:00 – 18:00 Bank Holiday

  • 22:00 – 06:00 Monday – Friday

  • 18:00 – 06:00 Saturday – Sunday & Bank Holidays

    This means the financial package available to VSAs is between £26,157 and £27,257. This is subject to normal Civil Service pay review which, following TU negotiation, is effective from 1 October annually.

    VSAs may have a lease car provided by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and can claim work relate mileage at the rate set by HMRC: currently this is 8p or 9p mile dependent on engine size. DVSA employees who use their own car for work purposes can claim either 25p or 35p per mile depending on the length of employment.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow public service vehicle licence holders to drive two-axle, category C, heavy goods vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has no current plans to allow public service vehicle (category D) licence holders to drive any heavy goods vehicles (category C) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislation requires the driver to have passed a test in the category of the vehicle being driven.

Although buses and coaches share many similar driving characteristics with lorries, there are significant differences in the handling, braking with a load, and automatic and semi-automatic transmission systems. Without specific training, bus drivers may not be familiar with these differences, which may have significant road safety implications.

The safety of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians or cyclists is a priority for this Government. Only those drivers who have undertaken appropriate training in the vehicle and demonstrated competence by passing a test can drive category C vehicles.

The Government will keep under review the availability of drivers to ensure critical supply chains are able to continue servicing NHS and supermarket food supplies during the pandemic.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to relax the requirement for eyesight and medical testing of those applying to renew heavy goods vehicle and public service vehicle licences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To keep bus and lorry drivers on the road, the Government has made temporary provisions to remove the requirement to submit a medical report, which includes questions about eyesight, when applying to renew a bus or lorry driving licence, until further notice. Provided they have no notifiable medical conditions, drivers will be issued a licence that is valid for one year instead of the usual five. This only applies if the licence expired after 1 January 2020 or is due to expire.

As is always the case, drivers must ensure they are medically fit to drive and they are legally obliged to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of the onset or worsening of any medical condition.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of heavy goods vehicle drivers.

The Department for Transport is in regular contact with representatives of the road haulage industry to understand the issues the industry is experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Estimates suggest that there is not currently a lack of HGV driver availability.

The Government has taken action to allow drivers whose Driver CPC expires between 1 March and 30 September 2020 to either take the training remotely or complete it after 30 September 2020. In addition, drivers whose licences have expired since 1 January 2020 or will expire in 2020 will be able to receive a temporary 1-year licence, providing they do not have any medical conditions that affect their driving.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial penalties train operating companies are subject to if a train is cancelled due to (1) a train defect, or (2) a lack of train crew, broken down by each franchise awarded since June 2010.

The Department holds all its franchised operators to account for their performance through a Franchise Agreement. Each operator’s performance is measured against a set of benchmarks, which includes cancellations; however, these are not disaggregated down to individual types of cancellations, such as train defects. Specific cancellation causes are not connected to set penalties; any expenditure we require operators to incur to improve performance for passengers is linked to their overall performance.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require statutory inspections of (1) mobile cranes of over 10,000 kilograms lifting capacity, (2) fixed cranes of over 10,000 kilograms lifting capacity, (3) electrical installations in public buildings, and (4) passenger lifts, to be conducted by inspectors who they appoint and fund.

Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, dutyholders (employers and the self-employed) have a statutory duty to have lifting equipment for use at work (including cranes and lifts) thoroughly examined by a competent person at time intervals set out in the Regulations. Her Majesty’s Government has no plans to appoint inspectors or fund inspections to deliver these statutory inspections because the legal obligation to ensure safety rests with the person who controls the equipment or premises.

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, dutyholders are obliged to ensure all electrical systems are maintained to ensure the safety of the system. The obligation to maintain only arises if a lack of maintenance could cause danger. The frequency of maintenance is a matter for the judgement of the dutyholder. Her Majesty’s Government has no plans to change the legislation for the way such maintenance is carried out or appoint inspectors or fund inspections for maintenance.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require statutory inspections of boilers and pressure vessels to be conducted by inspectors who they (1) appoint, and (2) fund.

Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 the users and owners of boilers and pressure vessels have a statutory duty to have them examined by a competent person at periods specified in a written scheme of examination.

Her Majesty’s Government has no plans to appoint inspectors or fund inspections to deliver these statutory inspections.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10847), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, whether the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests is regularly determined by inserting samples into the system that cannot be positive; and what is the false positive rate for such samples.

Information regarding the assessment of false positives was not held in the format requested due to the challenges in estimating clinical sensitivity. This is part due to a lack of a generally accepted reference standard to compare reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction results.

Currently samples are not placed into the system to test operational sensitivity. The Department has undertaken substantial work with Porton Down and the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory to conduct temperature and long-term stability experiments on sample collection kits to ensure swabs meet an appropriate standard for testing.

14th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10847 and HL10848), why the information sought is not held in the format requested; whether, and if so, (1) how, and (2) where, that information is held; whether they collect any data on the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests; if so, which data; what plans they have to publish those data; and what quality assurance checks they undertake on their answers to parliamentary questions.

Information regarding the assessment of false negatives is not held in the format requested due to the challenges in estimating clinical sensitivity. We do not collect data on the operational false positive rate.

All Written Questions receive several stages of quality assurance to ensure that responses are accurate. All answers are drafted by subject matter experts and assured by a senior civil servant with the appropriate knowledge to certify the accuracy.

14th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 December (HL10848), what steps they have taken reliably to determine the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 mass testing; and how they have made any such determination.

Polymerase chain reaction tests are very specific and the risk of false positives where the test is reacting to other viruses is extremely low. Independent confirmatory testing of positive samples indicates a test specificity that exceeds 99.3%, or a false positive rate of 1%, and additional guidance has been provided to laboratories to reduce the rate even further.

1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what formal quality assurance assessment, or similar, is required to be undertaken before an organisation can be accredited (1) to perform, and (2) to analyse, COVID-19 tests; and what is the minimum standard those organisations must meet before accreditation.

All manufacturers of polymerase chain reaction tests for COVID-19 must meet the requirements of our validation process to ensure the accuracy of their tests. The accreditation process for organisations completing COVID-19 testing will be completed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and published online.

30th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or their agencies, regularly determine the operational false positive rates for polymerase chain reaction tests carried out at each laboratory undertaking analysis for mass COVID-19 testing; whether they use an ‘end to end’ method to audit those rates; if not, what methodology they use to make such determinations; and whether those methods include inserting samples into the system that cannot be positive.

Currently samples are not placed into the system to test operational sensitivity. The Department has undertaken substantial work with Porton Down and the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory to conduct temperature and long-term stability experiments on sample collection kits to ensure swabs meet an appropriate standard for testing.

30th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the operational false positive rate for polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests in each of the last four weeks; and how this rate was determined.

The information is not held in the format requested.

3rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what tactful representations they will make to the government of Ukraine about the need to adhere to the Geneva Conventions; and in particular Article 13, which covers the photography and videoing of captured enemy service personnel.

The UK Government is in regular contact with the Ukrainian Government at ministerial, military and diplomatic levels. The UK, at all times, supports and promotes the letter and the spirit of the Geneva Conventions, and we would expect any participant in any conflict to adhere to it completely, including Russia and Ukraine

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of HMRC investigating all quad bikes exported from the UK in ISO shipping containers using search technology like backscatter X-ray scanners.

Responsibility for customs detection activity at the border was transferred from HMRC to UK Border Agency (UKBA), now Border Force in 2009. From that time Border Force has been responsible for frontline operations at the border, including enforcing customs regulations and conducting anti-smuggling activity. This includes anti-smuggling activity directed against illicit exports.

2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen construction equipment for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Responsibility for customs detection activity at the border was transferred from HMRC to UK Border Agency (UKBA), now Border Force in 2009. From that time Border Force has been responsible for frontline operations at the border, including enforcing customs regulations and conducting anti-smuggling activity. This includes anti-smuggling activity directed against illicit exports.

2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen quad bikes for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Responsibility for customs detection activity at the border was transferred from HMRC to UK Border Agency (UKBA), now Border Force in 2009. From that time Border Force has been responsible for frontline operations at the border, including enforcing customs regulations and conducting anti-smuggling activity. This includes anti-smuggling activity directed against illicit exports.

2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen cars for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Responsibility for customs detection activity at the border was transferred from HMRC to UK Border Agency (UKBA), now Border Force in 2009. From that time Border Force has been responsible for frontline operations at the border, including enforcing customs regulations and conducting anti-smuggling activity. This includes anti-smuggling activity directed against illicit exports.

2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of quad bike theft in the UK; and what research they have undertaken, if any, on whether stolen quad bikes are being sold on (1) within the UK, or (2) overseas.

No statistics are held on the levels of quad bike thefts, nor has research been undertaken on where stolen quad bikes are sold.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) for which trades in the British Army Reserve, and (2) at what level, is the holding of a group C +E HGV licence a mandatory requirement.

The answers to the noble. Lord's questions are provided in the attached table.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) for which trades in the British Army Reserve, and (2) at what level, is the holding of a group C HGV licence a mandatory requirement.

The answers to the noble. Lord's questions are provided in the attached table.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) for which trades in the Regular British Army, and (2) at what level, is the holding of a group C+E HGV licence a mandatory requirement.

The answers to the noble. Lord's questions are provided in the attached table.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) for which trades in the Regular British Army, and (2) at what level, is the holding of a group C HGV licence a mandatory requirement.

The answers to the noble. Lord's questions are provided in the attached table.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 14 October (HL2815), how many (1) regular, and (2) reserve, members of the Armed Forces who hold the rank equivalent to a full corporal or below hold a group C HGV licence; and how many hold a group C + E licence.

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.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the cost of (1) the Challenger Tank’s 120mm high-explosive squash head (HESH) round complete with charge, and (2) a 120mm fin-stabilised discarding sabot round complete with charge, compare with the cost of one round of the 40mm cannon fitted to the Ajax reconnaissance vehicle in percentage terms.

The Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Ajax vehicle are designed for different purposes and their armament and ammunition reflect this. We do not comment on the cost of the 40mm ammunition as this is commercially sensitive.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 4 March (HL13345), on which occasions in the last 20 years the British Army has deployed a largely fully formed and supported brigade for manoeuvre and deployment training; and when they expect that a similar scale of exercise will be conducted in order (1) to test the UK's ability and identify any weaknesses, (2) to reassure allies, and (3) to deter potential opponents.

The British Army has regularly conducted collective training at Brigade level over the years and has plans to do so in the future. Over the course of Operations HERRICK (2002 - 2014) and TELIC (2003 - 2011) the British Army continuously trained and prepared a series of Brigade level deployments, including full Mission Rehearsal Exercises on an enduring 6 monthly rotational basis. Other significant Brigade level training in the past includes Exercises SAIF SAREEA 2 in 2002 and SAIF SAREEA 3 in 2018.

The Army's Collective Training Group delivers a comprehensive programme of Mission Ready and Combat Ready Training to the Field Army. All training delivered at Battle Group level and above is delivered in a Brigade context as a minimum. Whilst this training methodology may not involve deploying the entire Brigade into the field at the same time, it does ensure that the skill sets involved in deploying a Brigade are practised regularly. Furthermore, use of simulation ensures that this type of training can be conducted efficiently whilst maximising the impact and utility of the training.

In addition to this continuous series of events delivered in a Brigade and Divisional context, there are also a series of planned exercises that focus on Brigade level and above training. Examples of these include the 16 Air Assault Brigade deploying of Ex SWIFT RESPONSE 22 in 2022 and the deployment of elements on Ex CERBERUS 22. Furthermore, the British Army regularly participates in the DEFENDER series, a US led multinational exercise in Europe, at the Brigade level.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the British Army last deployed a largely fully formed and supported division for manoeuvre and deployment training; and when it next plans to conduct an exercise of this scale in order (1) to test the UK's ability and identify any weaknesses, (2) to reassure allies, and (3) to deter potential opponents.

I refer the noble Lord to the previous replies given by my noble friend the right hon Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence) to question HL5012 answered on 6 February 2017 and Oral question (volume 794, column 2118) answered on 8 January 2019.

The Army continues to have a sophisticated exercise programme in place to ensure that it is trained and ready to operate at the divisional level. This includes training with Allies and partners. The UK are due to take part in Exercise WARFIGHTER in March 2021, in which HQ 3 (UK) Division will deploy to the US as part of III (US) Corps.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
5th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are offering for sale at least seven ex-Ministry of Defence MAN HX18.330 SV6T flat-bed trucks in Germany, advertised as unused.

Due to a change in threat assessments, a surplus of MAN SV6T flatbed trucks has been identified. To economise storage and support costs, a number have been identified for sale.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the full cost of training a regular army recruit undertaking Phase one basic training, including (1) staff, (2) accommodation, and (3) logistics, costs; and how long that training takes.

The Basic Training course at the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) is 14 weeks. This is the shortest basic training course for Regular soldiers, and recruits go on from Pirbright to train in their trade for longer periods which vary depending on their selected job role.

The average cost of basic training for a soldier successfully passing the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) is estimated at approximately £38,000. This can be broken down as follows:

Cost Category

£K/Trainee

Note

Clothing

1.9

Ammunition

0.4

Trainee Pay

9.0

Other stock consumption

0.8

Includes ration packs and respirators

Manpower

16.2

Direct and indirect manpower costs for both military and civilian staff

Infrastructure

8.0

Accommodation and training facilities

Administration Overhead

1.8

Total

38.1

These costs represent the cost of 1,695 trainees completing basic training. Costs have been apportioned to the course on the basis of activity, however there may be further costs not shown, that are captured under the greater Pirbright establishment output.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average total number of (1) civilian, and (2) military, staff working for an army training regiment; and how many recruits such a regiment can train at any one time.

The capacity for Army Training Centre (Pirbright) for training year 2020-21 is currently planned to be 4,032. This is comprised of two training regiments with an overall establishment of approximately 570 staff, of whom 470 are military and 100 are civil servants.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Type 45 destroyers are (1) at sea, and (2) technically fit to go to sea with 24 hours notice.

We do not disclose the readiness state of individual ships for operational security reasons, as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces. HMS DEFENDER is currently deployed on operations in the Gulf. All Royal Navy ships rotate through planned operating cycles involving routine maintenance, repair, training, deployment, leave, essential modification and upgrades and will, therefore, be at varying levels of readiness in accordance with Defence requirements.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many command appointments there are in the British army at one star and above, broken down by role.

There are 29 command appointments at one-star level and above within the Royal Navy, 42 within the Army, 18 within the Royal Air Force and 26 within Strategic Command. The table below shows a breakdown by role although for security reasons two Strategic Command posts are not included.

While broadly similar, the three services and Strategic Command use slightly different criteria for 'command appointments' because of their structural differences. Senior service officers also hold command appointments in roles outside of their service, for example in NATO. There are also non-command appointments at one-star level and above, both within and external to the single services.

Table 1: Command appointments at one-star level and above for the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force and Strategic Command

4 Star Command Appointments

Service

First Sea Lord

RN

Chief of the General Staff

Army

Chief of the Air Staff

RAF

Commander UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

3 Star Command Appointments

Second Sea Lord

RN

Fleet Commander

RN

Commander Field Army

Army

Commander Home Command

Army

Deputy Commander Operations/ Air Member Operations

RAF

Chief Joint Operations

Strat Com

Director General Joint Force Development

Strat Com

Director General Defence Medical Services

Strat Com

2 Star Command Appointments

Commander Operations

RN

Commander UK Strike Force / Rear Admiral Surface Ships

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability)

RN

Flag Officer Sea Training & Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Training)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships)

RN

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Submarines) / Rear Admiral (Submarines)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Aviation and Carrier Strike) / Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel), Naval Secretary and Flag Officer Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)

RN

Commandant General Royal Marines

RN

General Officer Commanding Regional Command

Army

General Officer Commanding London District

Army

General Officer Commanding 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command

Army

Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Air Officer Commanding 1 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 11 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group & Chief of Staff Training

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 38 Group

RAF

Chief of Staff UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Operations

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Joint Warfare

Strat Com

Command Information Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Strat Com

Surgeon General

Strat Com

Director Medical Personnel & Training

Strat Com

Director Defence Healthcare

Strat Com

Commander Standing Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

1 Star Command Appointments

Commodore Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

RN

Naval Base Commander (Clyde)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Devonport)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Portsmouth)

RN

Commander 3 Commando Brigade

RN

Commander Littoral Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Carrier Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Maritime Component and Senior Royal Navy Officer (Gulf)

RN

Commodore Royal Fleet Auxiliary

RN

Commodore Maritime Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of Staff (Land and Littoral Strike / Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines)

RN

Commander Portsmouth Flotilla

RN

Commander Devonport Flotilla

RN

Commander Faslane Flotilla

RN

Captain HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

RN

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Commander British Forces Gibraltar

RN

Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Artillery Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East

Army

Commander 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East

Army

Commander 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

Army

Commander 8th Engineer Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Signal Brigade

Army

Commander 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands

Army

Commander 101st Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 102nd Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 104th Logistics Support Brigade

Army

Commander 77th Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade

Army

Commander 38th Irish Brigade

Army

Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland

Army

Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

Army

Commander Specialised Infantry Group

Army

Commander 2nd Medical Brigade

Army

Commander 1 Military Police Brigade and Provost Marshal (Army)

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

Commander Initial Training Group

Army

Commander Collective Training Group

Army

Commandant Royal School of Military Engineering

Army

Commandant Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration

Army

Commandant Defence College of Technical Training

Army

Deputy Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Commander Sandhurst Group

Army

Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group & UK Air Component Commander

RAF

Commandant RAF College

RAF

Joint Force Air Component Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Lightning & Lightning Force Commander *

RAF

Air Officer Typhoon & Typhoon Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer ISTAR and ISTAR Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A4 & A4 Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Force Protection, Force Protection Force Commander & Commandant General RAF Regiment*

RAF

Air Officer Battlespace Management & Battlespace Management Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Air Mobility & Air Mobility Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A6 & A6 Force Commander*

RAF

Commanding Officer Northwood Headquarters

Strat Com

Deputy Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Strat Com

Commander Combined/Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Logistic Component

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Strat Com

Station Commander Wyton

Strat Com

Commander Joint Cyber Electro Magnetic Activity Group

Strat Com

Commander Joint Force Cyber Group

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Gibraltar

Strat Com

Commander Joint Hospital Group

Strat Com

Table notes:

  1. British Army officers currently fill three exchange command appointments: two in the USA and one in France. There are two command appointments within the British Army structure that are filled by a US Army officer and a French Army officer. For simplicity, these five one-star level posts have not been included in this table.

  1. There are two posts within Strategic Command which have been redacted for security purposes.

  1. An * marks Command Appointments within the RAF which lack Disciplinary Authority

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many command appointments there are in the Royal Navy at one star and above, broken down by role.

There are 29 command appointments at one-star level and above within the Royal Navy, 42 within the Army, 18 within the Royal Air Force and 26 within Strategic Command. The table below shows a breakdown by role although for security reasons two Strategic Command posts are not included.

While broadly similar, the three services and Strategic Command use slightly different criteria for 'command appointments' because of their structural differences. Senior service officers also hold command appointments in roles outside of their service, for example in NATO. There are also non-command appointments at one-star level and above, both within and external to the single services.

Table 1: Command appointments at one-star level and above for the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force and Strategic Command

4 Star Command Appointments

Service

First Sea Lord

RN

Chief of the General Staff

Army

Chief of the Air Staff

RAF

Commander UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

3 Star Command Appointments

Second Sea Lord

RN

Fleet Commander

RN

Commander Field Army

Army

Commander Home Command

Army

Deputy Commander Operations/ Air Member Operations

RAF

Chief Joint Operations

Strat Com

Director General Joint Force Development

Strat Com

Director General Defence Medical Services

Strat Com

2 Star Command Appointments

Commander Operations

RN

Commander UK Strike Force / Rear Admiral Surface Ships

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability)

RN

Flag Officer Sea Training & Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Training)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships)

RN

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Submarines) / Rear Admiral (Submarines)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Aviation and Carrier Strike) / Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel), Naval Secretary and Flag Officer Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)

RN

Commandant General Royal Marines

RN

General Officer Commanding Regional Command

Army

General Officer Commanding London District

Army

General Officer Commanding 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command

Army

Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Air Officer Commanding 1 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 11 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group & Chief of Staff Training

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 38 Group

RAF

Chief of Staff UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Operations

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Joint Warfare

Strat Com

Command Information Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Strat Com

Surgeon General

Strat Com

Director Medical Personnel & Training

Strat Com

Director Defence Healthcare

Strat Com

Commander Standing Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

1 Star Command Appointments

Commodore Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

RN

Naval Base Commander (Clyde)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Devonport)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Portsmouth)

RN

Commander 3 Commando Brigade

RN

Commander Littoral Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Carrier Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Maritime Component and Senior Royal Navy Officer (Gulf)

RN

Commodore Royal Fleet Auxiliary

RN

Commodore Maritime Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of Staff (Land and Littoral Strike / Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines)

RN

Commander Portsmouth Flotilla

RN

Commander Devonport Flotilla

RN

Commander Faslane Flotilla

RN

Captain HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

RN

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Commander British Forces Gibraltar

RN

Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Artillery Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East

Army

Commander 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East

Army

Commander 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

Army

Commander 8th Engineer Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Signal Brigade

Army

Commander 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands

Army

Commander 101st Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 102nd Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 104th Logistics Support Brigade

Army

Commander 77th Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade

Army

Commander 38th Irish Brigade

Army

Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland

Army

Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

Army

Commander Specialised Infantry Group

Army

Commander 2nd Medical Brigade

Army

Commander 1 Military Police Brigade and Provost Marshal (Army)

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

Commander Initial Training Group

Army

Commander Collective Training Group

Army

Commandant Royal School of Military Engineering

Army

Commandant Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration

Army

Commandant Defence College of Technical Training

Army

Deputy Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Commander Sandhurst Group

Army

Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group & UK Air Component Commander

RAF

Commandant RAF College

RAF

Joint Force Air Component Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Lightning & Lightning Force Commander *

RAF

Air Officer Typhoon & Typhoon Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer ISTAR and ISTAR Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A4 & A4 Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Force Protection, Force Protection Force Commander & Commandant General RAF Regiment*

RAF

Air Officer Battlespace Management & Battlespace Management Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Air Mobility & Air Mobility Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A6 & A6 Force Commander*

RAF

Commanding Officer Northwood Headquarters

Strat Com

Deputy Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Strat Com

Commander Combined/Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Logistic Component

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Strat Com

Station Commander Wyton

Strat Com

Commander Joint Cyber Electro Magnetic Activity Group

Strat Com

Commander Joint Force Cyber Group

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Gibraltar

Strat Com

Commander Joint Hospital Group

Strat Com

Table notes:

  1. British Army officers currently fill three exchange command appointments: two in the USA and one in France. There are two command appointments within the British Army structure that are filled by a US Army officer and a French Army officer. For simplicity, these five one-star level posts have not been included in this table.

  1. There are two posts within Strategic Command which have been redacted for security purposes.

  1. An * marks Command Appointments within the RAF which lack Disciplinary Authority

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many command appointments there are that are not single service, broken down by role.

There are 29 command appointments at one-star level and above within the Royal Navy, 42 within the Army, 18 within the Royal Air Force and 26 within Strategic Command. The table below shows a breakdown by role although for security reasons two Strategic Command posts are not included.

While broadly similar, the three services and Strategic Command use slightly different criteria for 'command appointments' because of their structural differences. Senior service officers also hold command appointments in roles outside of their service, for example in NATO. There are also non-command appointments at one-star level and above, both within and external to the single services.

Table 1: Command appointments at one-star level and above for the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force and Strategic Command

4 Star Command Appointments

Service

First Sea Lord

RN

Chief of the General Staff

Army

Chief of the Air Staff

RAF

Commander UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

3 Star Command Appointments

Second Sea Lord

RN

Fleet Commander

RN

Commander Field Army

Army

Commander Home Command

Army

Deputy Commander Operations/ Air Member Operations

RAF

Chief Joint Operations

Strat Com

Director General Joint Force Development

Strat Com

Director General Defence Medical Services

Strat Com

2 Star Command Appointments

Commander Operations

RN

Commander UK Strike Force / Rear Admiral Surface Ships

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability)

RN

Flag Officer Sea Training & Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Training)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships)

RN

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Submarines) / Rear Admiral (Submarines)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Aviation and Carrier Strike) / Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel), Naval Secretary and Flag Officer Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)

RN

Commandant General Royal Marines

RN

General Officer Commanding Regional Command

Army

General Officer Commanding London District

Army

General Officer Commanding 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command

Army

Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Air Officer Commanding 1 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 11 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group & Chief of Staff Training

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 38 Group

RAF

Chief of Staff UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Operations

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Joint Warfare

Strat Com

Command Information Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Strat Com

Surgeon General

Strat Com

Director Medical Personnel & Training

Strat Com

Director Defence Healthcare

Strat Com

Commander Standing Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

1 Star Command Appointments

Commodore Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

RN

Naval Base Commander (Clyde)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Devonport)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Portsmouth)

RN

Commander 3 Commando Brigade

RN

Commander Littoral Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Carrier Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Maritime Component and Senior Royal Navy Officer (Gulf)

RN

Commodore Royal Fleet Auxiliary

RN

Commodore Maritime Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of Staff (Land and Littoral Strike / Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines)

RN

Commander Portsmouth Flotilla

RN

Commander Devonport Flotilla

RN

Commander Faslane Flotilla

RN

Captain HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

RN

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Commander British Forces Gibraltar

RN

Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Artillery Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East

Army

Commander 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East

Army

Commander 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

Army

Commander 8th Engineer Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Signal Brigade

Army

Commander 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands

Army

Commander 101st Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 102nd Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 104th Logistics Support Brigade

Army

Commander 77th Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade

Army

Commander 38th Irish Brigade

Army

Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland

Army

Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

Army

Commander Specialised Infantry Group

Army

Commander 2nd Medical Brigade

Army

Commander 1 Military Police Brigade and Provost Marshal (Army)

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

Commander Initial Training Group

Army

Commander Collective Training Group

Army

Commandant Royal School of Military Engineering

Army

Commandant Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration

Army

Commandant Defence College of Technical Training

Army

Deputy Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Commander Sandhurst Group

Army

Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group & UK Air Component Commander

RAF

Commandant RAF College

RAF

Joint Force Air Component Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Lightning & Lightning Force Commander *

RAF

Air Officer Typhoon & Typhoon Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer ISTAR and ISTAR Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A4 & A4 Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Force Protection, Force Protection Force Commander & Commandant General RAF Regiment*

RAF

Air Officer Battlespace Management & Battlespace Management Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Air Mobility & Air Mobility Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A6 & A6 Force Commander*

RAF

Commanding Officer Northwood Headquarters

Strat Com

Deputy Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Strat Com

Commander Combined/Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Logistic Component

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Strat Com

Station Commander Wyton

Strat Com

Commander Joint Cyber Electro Magnetic Activity Group

Strat Com

Commander Joint Force Cyber Group

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Gibraltar

Strat Com

Commander Joint Hospital Group

Strat Com

Table notes:

  1. British Army officers currently fill three exchange command appointments: two in the USA and one in France. There are two command appointments within the British Army structure that are filled by a US Army officer and a French Army officer. For simplicity, these five one-star level posts have not been included in this table.

  1. There are two posts within Strategic Command which have been redacted for security purposes.

  1. An * marks Command Appointments within the RAF which lack Disciplinary Authority

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many command appointments there are in the Royal Air Force at one star and above, broken down by role.

There are 29 command appointments at one-star level and above within the Royal Navy, 42 within the Army, 18 within the Royal Air Force and 26 within Strategic Command. The table below shows a breakdown by role although for security reasons two Strategic Command posts are not included.

While broadly similar, the three services and Strategic Command use slightly different criteria for 'command appointments' because of their structural differences. Senior service officers also hold command appointments in roles outside of their service, for example in NATO. There are also non-command appointments at one-star level and above, both within and external to the single services.

Table 1: Command appointments at one-star level and above for the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force and Strategic Command

4 Star Command Appointments

Service

First Sea Lord

RN

Chief of the General Staff

Army

Chief of the Air Staff

RAF

Commander UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

3 Star Command Appointments

Second Sea Lord

RN

Fleet Commander

RN

Commander Field Army

Army

Commander Home Command

Army

Deputy Commander Operations/ Air Member Operations

RAF

Chief Joint Operations

Strat Com

Director General Joint Force Development

Strat Com

Director General Defence Medical Services

Strat Com

2 Star Command Appointments

Commander Operations

RN

Commander UK Strike Force / Rear Admiral Surface Ships

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Capability)

RN

Flag Officer Sea Training & Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Training)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships)

RN

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Submarines) / Rear Admiral (Submarines)

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Aviation and Carrier Strike) / Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel), Naval Secretary and Flag Officer Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)

RN

Commandant General Royal Marines

RN

General Officer Commanding Regional Command

Army

General Officer Commanding London District

Army

General Officer Commanding 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

General Officer Commanding Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command

Army

Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Air Officer Commanding 1 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 11 Group

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group & Chief of Staff Training

RAF

Air Officer Commanding 38 Group

RAF

Chief of Staff UK Strategic Command

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Operations

Strat Com

Chief of Staff Joint Warfare

Strat Com

Command Information Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Strat Com

Surgeon General

Strat Com

Director Medical Personnel & Training

Strat Com

Director Defence Healthcare

Strat Com

Commander Standing Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

1 Star Command Appointments

Commodore Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton

RN

Naval Base Commander (Clyde)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Devonport)

RN

Naval Base Commander (Portsmouth)

RN

Commander 3 Commando Brigade

RN

Commander Littoral Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Carrier Strike Group

RN

Commander UK Maritime Component and Senior Royal Navy Officer (Gulf)

RN

Commodore Royal Fleet Auxiliary

RN

Commodore Maritime Reserves

RN

Assistant Chief of Staff (Land and Littoral Strike / Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines)

RN

Commander Portsmouth Flotilla

RN

Commander Devonport Flotilla

RN

Commander Faslane Flotilla

RN

Captain HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

RN

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Commander British Forces Gibraltar

RN

Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Artillery Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade

Army

Commander 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East

Army

Commander 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East

Army

Commander 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

Army

Commander 8th Engineer Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Signal Brigade

Army

Commander 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands

Army

Commander 101st Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 102nd Logistics Brigade

Army

Commander 104th Logistics Support Brigade

Army

Commander 77th Brigade

Army

Commander 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade

Army

Commander 38th Irish Brigade

Army

Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland

Army

Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

Army

Commander Specialised Infantry Group

Army

Commander 2nd Medical Brigade

Army

Commander 1 Military Police Brigade and Provost Marshal (Army)

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 1st United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 3rd United Kingdom Division

Army

Deputy Commander Reserves 6th United Kingdom Division

Army

Commander Initial Training Group

Army

Commander Collective Training Group

Army

Commandant Royal School of Military Engineering

Army

Commandant Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration

Army

Commandant Defence College of Technical Training

Army

Deputy Commander Joint Helicopter Command

Army

Commander Sandhurst Group

Army

Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group & UK Air Component Commander

RAF

Commandant RAF College

RAF

Joint Force Air Component Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Lightning & Lightning Force Commander *

RAF

Air Officer Typhoon & Typhoon Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer ISTAR and ISTAR Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A4 & A4 Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Force Protection, Force Protection Force Commander & Commandant General RAF Regiment*

RAF

Air Officer Battlespace Management & Battlespace Management Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer Air Mobility & Air Mobility Force Commander*

RAF

Air Officer A6 & A6 Force Commander*

RAF

Commanding Officer Northwood Headquarters

Strat Com

Deputy Commander British Forces Cyprus

Strat Com

Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Strat Com

Commander Combined/Joint Forces Headquarters

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Logistic Component

Strat Com

Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group

Strat Com

Station Commander Wyton

Strat Com

Commander Joint Cyber Electro Magnetic Activity Group

Strat Com

Commander Joint Force Cyber Group

Strat Com

Commander British Forces Gibraltar

Strat Com

Commander Joint Hospital Group

Strat Com

Table notes:

  1. British Army officers currently fill three exchange command appointments: two in the USA and one in France. There are two command appointments within the British Army structure that are filled by a US Army officer and a French Army officer. For simplicity, these five one-star level posts have not been included in this table.

  1. There are two posts within Strategic Command which have been redacted for security purposes.

  1. An * marks Command Appointments within the RAF which lack Disciplinary Authority

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many privately operated prisons are currently without (1) up-to-date fire risk assessments, or (2) sufficient first aid cover, in place.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all government-operated prison buildings have fire risk assessments which are reviewed periodically. Sufficient first aid cover in the prison estate is provided by trained first aiders, and the number of those required in each establishment is achieved via a First Aid Risk Assessment of need. Prisoners also receive first aid/medical cover through on-site healthcare teams or local hospitals when required.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all privately operated prisons have fire safety risk assessments which are reviewed as part of the annual statutory compliance audits by the authority. There are contractual requirements in place for first aid and fire safety, the levels required are determined by prison operators. These are then checked periodically by the prison operator and an authority representative.

In privately managed prisons, annual assurance checks are carried out by representatives of HM Prison and Probation Service. Where any issues are highlighted, these are addressed with the contractor and, if necessary, action is taken to ensure that prisons meet their legal and contractual obligations.

1st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many government-operated prisons are currently without (1) up-to-date fire risk assessments, or (2) sufficient first aid cover, in place.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all government-operated prison buildings have fire risk assessments which are reviewed periodically. Sufficient first aid cover in the prison estate is provided by trained first aiders, and the number of those required in each establishment is achieved via a First Aid Risk Assessment of need. Prisoners also receive first aid/medical cover through on-site healthcare teams or local hospitals when required.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005, all privately operated prisons have fire safety risk assessments which are reviewed as part of the annual statutory compliance audits by the authority. There are contractual requirements in place for first aid and fire safety, the levels required are determined by prison operators. These are then checked periodically by the prison operator and an authority representative.

In privately managed prisons, annual assurance checks are carried out by representatives of HM Prison and Probation Service. Where any issues are highlighted, these are addressed with the contractor and, if necessary, action is taken to ensure that prisons meet their legal and contractual obligations.

22nd Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prison officers completed at least one shift at (1) Wormwood Scrubs Prison, (2) Wandsworth Prison, (3) Belmarsh Prison, (4) Feltham Young Offender Institution, and (5) Liverpool Prison, between 18 and 25 October; and of these officers, how many were issued with spit kits for collection evidence of assault by using bodily fluid.

The information regarding the number of prison officers who had completed at least one shift at the named establishments, between 18-25 October 2021, is detailed in the table below. No officers were issued with spit kits.

Prison

Number of officers

Belmarsh

317

Feltham

285

Liverpool

132

Wandsworth

202

Wormwood Scrubs

163

24th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many current prisoners between 18 and 30 years of age have at least (1) seven, and (2) 15, previous convictions or cautions.

Information relating to the criminal history of the current prison population is not held centrally and would require linking data sets. The requested information, therefore, could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The Department does, however, publish similar statistics annually on Gov.uk as part of the Offender Management Statistics Quarterly collection. This includes a breakdown of the prison population by number of previous convictions and cautions, as well as age group and sex. The most recent release can be found on Table A1.19 of the ‘Annual Prison Population: 2019’ file within ‘Offender Management Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2019’.