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Lord Tunnicliffe

Labour - Life peer

Shadow Minister (Transport)

(since February 2018)

Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

(since October 2016)

Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

(since September 2015)

Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords)

(since October 2010)
Lord Tunnicliffe is not a member of any APPGs
Joint Committee on Security
15th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Refreshment Committee (Lords)
12th Jun 2013 - 1st Nov 2013
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
8th Oct 2010 - 5th Sep 2011
Lords in Waiting (HM Household)
5th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
6th Jun 2005 - 28th Nov 2008
Audit Committee (Lords)
5th Dec 2006 - 6th May 2008


Department Event
Monday 24th January 2022
Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Main Chamber
Train Driving Licences and Certificates (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - motion to approve
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Department Event
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Transport Act 2000 (Air Traffic Services Licence Modification Appeals) (Prescribed Aerodromes) Regulations 2022
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Department Event
Tuesday 8th February 2022
HM Treasury
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2022
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Division Votes
Monday 17th January 2022
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 99 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 160
Speeches
Thursday 20th January 2022
Devolved Governments: Public Expenditure
My Lords, building on that point, is not the problem that the UK Government are in no position to lecture …
Written Answers
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Diversity and Inclusion Directorate: Complaints
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 23 November (HL Deb, col 798), how …
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, Lord Tunnicliffe has voted in 176 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(44 debate interactions)
Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Treasury and Economy)
(34 debate interactions)
Baroness Goldie (Conservative)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
(33 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Transport
(73 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(64 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(52 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(26 debate contributions)
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59 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to a full global satellite system to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.

This government has made clear its ambitions for renewed vigour in space, through our new ministerial-level National Space Council and developing a UK Space Strategy to bring long-term strategic and commercial benefits for the UK. A sovereign UK global navigation satellite system (GNSS) is being investigated within this ambition. The very purpose of the current engineering design and development phase (EDDP) is to ascertain the UK’s requirements and how we can meet them, so it’s right and proper that we take the appropriate time to investigate fully, involving our key international allies.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the UK’s new satellite navigation system to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.

The initial estimated engineering cost in 2018 of a UK GNSS was £3 - 5 billion but this would be subject to the findings of the engineering design and development phase (EDDP). The Government continues to look at a number of funding options as part of the EDDP.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many satellites the UK’s new satellite navigation system will have to replace UK participation in the EU’s Galileo system.

The engineering design and development phase (EDDP) continues to define options for a UK Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and it is too early to speculate a final design that will meet the UK’s position, navigation and timing (PNT) requirement.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would consider access to the EU’s Galileo system in return for providing UK technical expertise.

The Government’s EU negotiating paper (Future Relationship with the European Union 27 February 2020) does not seek participation or service access to Galileo.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Jobcentre Plus districts (1) have, and (2) do not have, an Armed Forces lead.

The Department for Work and Pensions secured funding of around £5 million in the Chancellor’s September 2019 Spending Round to bolster the role of its Armed Forces Champions. This additional funding means the Department will be able to fund dedicated, full time champion posts for this important work. It will also help to provide a consistent service supporting veterans, serving personnel and their families across the country. Deployment into these posts has been delayed due to the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic; however, we remain committed to the posts.

We currently have part-time Armed Forces Champions in place in 36 of the 37 Jobcentre Plus Districts. One district is currently without a champion but recruitment is under way to fill that post.

All the Department’s work coaches provide tailored and personalised support to members of the Armed Forces Community, working in partnership with their district Armed Forces Champion where necessary. In those areas where there are particularly high levels of demand, for example, garrison towns, this will form a significant part of the work done in individual Jobcentres.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces support posts there are in each Jobcentre Plus district.

The Department for Work and Pensions secured funding of around £5 million in the Chancellor’s September 2019 Spending Round to bolster the role of its Armed Forces Champions. This additional funding means the Department will be able to fund dedicated, full time champion posts for this important work. It will also help to provide a consistent service supporting veterans, serving personnel and their families across the country. Deployment into these posts has been delayed due to the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic; however, we remain committed to the posts.

We currently have part-time Armed Forces Champions in place in 36 of the 37 Jobcentre Plus Districts. One district is currently without a champion but recruitment is under way to fill that post.

All the Department’s work coaches provide tailored and personalised support to members of the Armed Forces Community, working in partnership with their district Armed Forces Champion where necessary. In those areas where there are particularly high levels of demand, for example, garrison towns, this will form a significant part of the work done in individual Jobcentres.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out a national security risk assessment as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; whether any such assessment will be published; and if so, where.

The Integrated Review will cover all aspects of international and national security policy - defence, diplomacy, development and national resilience. Uniting development and diplomacy in one department brings together Britain's international effort to have even greater impact and influence on the world stage as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Review will assess what will be needed to deliver our new strategy, in addition to seizing the opportunities offered by the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The full conclusions of the Integrated Review will be announced in March.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold a public consultation as part of the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review.

The review will engage with a range of stakeholders here and abroad to ensure proper consultation and challenge. The Government will utilise expertise from both inside and outside government for the review, ensuring the UK's best minds are feeding into its conclusions and challenging traditional Whitehall assumptions and thinking as needed.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 23 November (HL Deb, col 798), how many complaints of (1) bullying, (2) sexism, (3) sexual assault, (4) physical abuse, and (5) emotional abuse, have been made to the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate since it was formed in April; and how many of these complaints have resulted in (a) an inquiry being launched, and (b) a conviction.

Complaints of this nature are not dealt with by the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate. For members of the Armed Forces, complaints of this nature can be raised and investigated in the form of a Service Complaint. Criminal allegations are referred to the Service Police for investigation. For Defence civilian staff, complaints of this nature can be raised and investigated by Defence Business Services' Civilian Human Resources. Where a complaint relates to an incident which may constitute a criminal offence, the matter is referred to the police.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 23 November (HL Deb, col 798), how many calls have been made to the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate's bullying, harassment and discrimination helpline since its establishment in April.

The wholeforce bullying, harassment and discrimination helpline was established in September 2020. Since opening, it has received 489 calls. 202 calls were made in the period April-October 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence has paid in mental health compensation to (1) armed forces personnel, and (2) veterans, in each year from 2015 to 2021.

The information is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in the NHS.

As of 10 December, 808 military personnel were deployed to assist the NHS in England, Wales, and Scotland.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in (1) the food industry, (2) the energy sector, and (3) as HGV drivers.

As of the 10 December, 137 personnel were deployed to drive HGVs in support to the energy sector for the distribution of fuel. There were no personnel deployed to the food industry, nor elsewhere in support as HGV drivers.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what development issues have been found during the testing of Boxer armoured personnel carriers.

Since the placement of contract for the Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle in late 2019 the project has been in a period of design finalisation which is nearing conclusion. No development issues have been identified to date, including during verification and validation trials.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what development issues have been found during the testing of Challenger 3.

The Challenger 3 programme is in the early stages of system design and development. No development issues have been identified to date.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many armed forces personnel have received a (1) forced, and (2) voluntary, redundancy package in each year from 2016 to 2021.

There has not been a programme of ‘forced’ or compulsory redundancy since the UK Armed Forces redundancy programme of 2011-15. The redundancies in all four tranches of that programme were compulsory and the vast majority of Service personnel who were made redundant through it had left Service by March 2016. Another eight personnel left their Service on redundancy terms between April 2016 and December 2017.

A small number, under ten, have been made redundant since December 2017. These were in respect of personnel whose posts or organisations had been restructured and meant as a result of their terms and conditions of service, and after exhausting all other options, that compensatory redundancy was the only alternative.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Armed Forces are deployed in response to Military Aid to the Civil Authorities requests; and in what capacity any such forces are deployed.

As of 6 December 2021, there were circa.1,336 Service personnel deployed on 19 MACA tasks. These tasks range from: personnel supporting local communities affected by Storm Arwen in the North of the UK; medical personnel in support to the NHS in Scotland; drivers assisting the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust; personnel supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme across the UK; fuel tanker drivers to ensure the continuity of fuel supplies around the UK; and defence driving examiners supporting the Department for Transport.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the investigation into the F35 jet crash in the Mediterranean sea will be completed; and whether the results of the investigation will be published.

An investigation into an aircraft accident can be a complex and necessarily long process involving the gathering and analysing of a vast amount of evidence from many different sources. A Service Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the loss of ZM152; it is not possible at this early stage to determine how the investigation will proceed.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the wreckage of the F35 jet that crashed in the Mediterranean sea has been found.

An operation is ongoing to recover the F-35B. Due to reasons of operational security, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to ensure any replacement for the Puma helicopter is built in the UK.

Our current expectation is to run a competitive process, the full details of which will be published in due course.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government following the appointment of David Marsh as Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) of the Ajax programme, which Minister is responsible for considering his recommendations on the programme.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to working with General Dynamics to achieve resolution of outstanding issues on the Armoured Cavalry Programme. We will not accept into service a capability which is not fit for purpose. David Marsh has not been asked to provide a specific report on a set of recommendations but will be providing advice to Ministers in the ordinary course in his role as SRO. The Minister for Defence Procurement supports the Secretary of State on the delivery of the MOD’s Equipment Plan.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK armed forces families' strategy will be published.

I refer the noble Lord to the reply given by my hon. Friend, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans (Leo Docherty), in the House of Commons on 6 September 2021 to the hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) in response to Question number 40594.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact, if any, rising tensions between China and Taiwan have had on the route for the carrier strike group.

The Carrier Strike Group's ships navigated the South China Sea and HMS Richmond navigated the Taiwan Strait as necessary between planned activity in the Indo-Pacific region. The tension between China and Taiwan, although noted, did not change the routing of the Carrier Strike Group.

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)
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 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)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date infantry reorganisation plans will be published.

Detailed plans for the future structure of the Army are still being refined. There will be announcements made on our intent for both the regular and reserve force in due course.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date HMS Vanguard is expected to rejoin the fleet of Trident submarines.

I am withholding details of when HMS Vanguard will re-join the Fleet as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government with what countries to date the carrier strike group has had (1) engagements, or (2) military exercises; and what were these engagements and military exercises.

The table below sets out the countries and/or overseas territories that the UK Carrier Strike Group has interacted with during this deployment.

Country / Overseas Territory

Activity

Australia

Passage Exercise , air interaction, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD[1]

Bangladesh

Port visit to Chittogram

British Indian Ocean Territory

Port visit to Diego Garcia

Brunei

Port visit to Bandar Seri Begawan

Cambodia

Virtual defence engagement

Canada

Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean) South China Sea navigation in company

Cyprus

Port visit to Limassol and Larnaca

Djibouti

Port visit to Djibouti

Egypt

Port visit to Alexandria

France

Exercises Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic) and Gallic Strike (Mediterranean) Press Release

Georgia

Port visit to Batumi

Gibraltar

Hosted reception at sea

Greece

Port visits to Piraeus and Souda.

Guam

Port visits to Guam

India

Maritime Participation Exercise in the Indian Ocean Press Release

Indonesia

Port visit to Jakarta

Israel

Exercise Falcon Strike and Exercise Tri-Lightning (both in the Mediterranean). Port visit to Haifa

Italy

Exercise Falcon Strike, transit in western Mediterranean, Port visits to Augusta, Messina and Taranto Press Release

Japan

Port visits to Sasebo, Yokosuka, Funakoshi, Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean), quad carrier exercise (with two carriers from the USA, one from Japan and HMS Queen Elizabeth), Reception and capability demonstration, South China Sea navigation in company Press Release

Malaysia

Passage Exercise, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD

Montenegro

Port visit to Bar, Reception and Capability Demonstration, Press Release

New Zealand

South China Sea Transit in company, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD

Oman

Port visit to Duqm

Republic of Korea

Search and rescue exercise, at sea reception and capability demonstration Press Release

Saudi Arabia

Port visit to Jeddah. Passage Exercise

Singapore

Passage Exercise including some limited air exercising. Port visit to Sembawang. Reception and capability demonstration, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD Press Release

Spain

Port visits to Alicante and Cartagena

Thailand

Co-ordinated maritime manoeuvres Press Release

Turkey

Port visit Istanbul Press Release

Ukraine

Port visit to Odessa Press Release

United States

Dual, tri and quad carrier exercises. Exercise Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic), Exercise Gallic Strike (Mediterranean), Exercise Falcon Strike, Exercise Tri-Lightning Press Release Press Release

Vietnam

Port visit to Da Nang and Passage Exercise

NATO*

Exercise Steadfast Defender (North Atlantic), Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 - Operation Sea Guardian (Mediterranean), At-sea reception and capability demonstration Press Release Press Release

*Whilst not a country, assets from the UK Carrier Strike Group also participated in NATO-led military exercises and engagements.

[1] Five Powers Defence Arrangements Exercise hosted by Malaysia with participants from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil claims against the Ministry of Defence have been rejected so far as a result of Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021, since its commencement on 30 June.

The decision about whether a claim should be rejected because of Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021 is ultimately a matter for the court hearing that claim. No civil claims brought against the MOD have been rejected as a result of the operation of Part 2 of that Act since its commencement on 30 June 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil claims against the Ministry of Defence have been rejected so far as a result of Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021.

No civil claims against the Ministry of Defence have been affected by Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel & Veterans) Act 2021, as this part of the Act has not yet come into force. Commencement Regulations relating to the Act were made by the Secretary of State on 7 June 2021, and the substantive provisions of the Act, including Part 2, will come into force on 30 June 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful, requests for legal aid have been submitted to the Armed Forces Legal Aid Scheme in each year from 2010 to 2021.

The Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority (AFCLAA) holds detailed information dating from 2012, presented in the table below:

Year

Serving Personnel (Legal Aid paid, £)

Former Service Personnel (Legal Aid paid, £)

Total Number – Legal Aid Granted

Total Number – Legal Aid Refused

2012

1,652,200

43,500

560

334

2013

1,336,900

63,200

435

260

2014

1,315,800

92,600

496

208

2015

1,582,300

188,600

434

201

2016

1,484,300

89,900

432

137

2017

1,462,300

36,600

390

149

2018

2,056,300

47,400

448

171

2019

1,243,300

132,600

498

155

2020

348,700

7,600

223

114

Notes:

Financial figures are rounded to the nearest £100. All other numbers are unrounded.

Some cases from 2019 are ongoing, meaning some bills are yet to be received/paid.

The low figures for 2020 reflect the fact that COVID-19 caused many court hearings to be delayed. Therefore, the numbers of personnel granted legal aid for 2020 cases is expected to rise as defendants decide whether to accept offers of legal aid. In addition, as 2020 cases come to a conclusion, financial figures for that year will increase significantly as bills are received/paid.

Very little information is available for 2021 at this time. Due to COVID-19, there are a number of cases awaiting a decision on prosecution by the Service Prosecuting Authority.

Figures for the number of unsuccessful applications (legal aid refused) include defendants who have refused an offer of legal aid and, therefore, do not wish AFCLAA assistance. This includes those who have refused legal aid whilst their case is awaiting a decision by the Service Prosecuting Authority, with a significant proportion of those cases discontinued before they reach court.

Figures also include a very small number who have been refused assistance by AFCLAA due to the individual exceeding the financial threshold which is currently set at an annual disposable income of £37,500.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much legal aid has been provided through the Armed Forces Legal Aid Scheme to (1) current, and (2) former, armed forces personnel in each year between 2010 and 2021.

The Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority (AFCLAA) holds detailed information dating from 2012, presented in the table below:

Year

Serving Personnel (Legal Aid paid, £)

Former Service Personnel (Legal Aid paid, £)

Total Number – Legal Aid Granted

Total Number – Legal Aid Refused

2012

1,652,200

43,500

560

334

2013

1,336,900

63,200

435

260

2014

1,315,800

92,600

496

208

2015

1,582,300

188,600

434

201

2016

1,484,300

89,900

432

137

2017

1,462,300

36,600

390

149

2018

2,056,300

47,400

448

171

2019

1,243,300

132,600

498

155

2020

348,700

7,600

223

114

Notes:

Financial figures are rounded to the nearest £100. All other numbers are unrounded.

Some cases from 2019 are ongoing, meaning some bills are yet to be received/paid.

The low figures for 2020 reflect the fact that COVID-19 caused many court hearings to be delayed. Therefore, the numbers of personnel granted legal aid for 2020 cases is expected to rise as defendants decide whether to accept offers of legal aid. In addition, as 2020 cases come to a conclusion, financial figures for that year will increase significantly as bills are received/paid.

Very little information is available for 2021 at this time. Due to COVID-19, there are a number of cases awaiting a decision on prosecution by the Service Prosecuting Authority.

Figures for the number of unsuccessful applications (legal aid refused) include defendants who have refused an offer of legal aid and, therefore, do not wish AFCLAA assistance. This includes those who have refused legal aid whilst their case is awaiting a decision by the Service Prosecuting Authority, with a significant proportion of those cases discontinued before they reach court.

Figures also include a very small number who have been refused assistance by AFCLAA due to the individual exceeding the financial threshold which is currently set at an annual disposable income of £37,500.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many investigations into (1) current, or (2) former personnel, have been launched following the pursuit of civil claims against the Ministry of Defence by (a) current, or (b) former, personnel in each year since 2015.

The Ministry of Defence has a duty to ensure that common law compensations claims are paid at the correct level where there is a legal liability to do so. In exceptional circumstances, surveillance investigations are undertaken to observe the true extent of a claimant’s alleged injuries in cases where there is a reasonable suspicion about the veracity of a claim or where medical evidence suggests that the claimant’s disability is wholly inconsistent with the type of injury. There is no distinction made between serving or former personnel.

The table below shows the number of surveillance cases undertaken for the last five complete financial years.

Financial Year

Number of cases

2019-2020

37

2018-2019

21

2017-2018

22

2016-2017

17

2015-2016

11

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the new UK Armed Forces Families Strategy.

I refer the noble Lord to the reply I gave to the right hon Lord Touhig on 26 November 2020, in response to Question HL10461.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what countries the British Armed Forces provided training to on UK territory in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.

Personnel from the countries listed in the table below have attended defence education or training in the UK in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Year

Countries

2019/20

AFGHANISTAN ALBANIA ALGERIA ANGOLA ANTIGUA & BARBUDA ARGENTINA ARMENIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRIA AZERBAIJAN BAHAMAS BAHRAIN BANGLADESH BARBADOS BELARUS BELGIUM BELIZE BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA BRAZIL BRUNEI CAMEROON CANADA CHILE CHINA COLOMBIA CROATIA CYPRUS CZECH REPUBLIC DENMARK EGYPT ESTONIA ETHIOPIA FIJI FINLAND FRANCE GAMBIA GEORGIA GERMANY GHANA GREECE GRENADA GUYANA HUNGARY INDIA INDONESIA IRAQ IRELAND ISRAEL ITALY JAMAICA JAPAN JORDAN KAZAKHSTAN KENYA KOSOVO KUWAIT KYRGYZSTAN LATVIA LEBANON LESOTHO LITHUANIA LUXEMBOURG MALAWI MALAYSIA MALDIVES MALI MALTA MAURITIUS MEXICO MOLDOVA MONGOLIA MONTENEGRO MOROCCO MOZAMBIQUE NEPAL NETHERLANDS NEW ZEALAND NIGER NIGERIA NORTH MACEDONIA NORWAY OMAN PAKISTAN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES PAPUA NEW GUINEA PARAGUAY PHILIPPINES POLAND PORTUGAL QATAR ROMANIA RWANDA SAUDI ARABIA SENEGAL SERBIA SIERRA LEONE SINGAPORE SLOVENIA SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH KOREA SPAIN SRI LANKA SWEDEN SWITZERLAND THAILAND TONGA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TURKEY UGANDA UKRAINE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES URUGUAY USA UZBEKISTAN VIETNAM

2020/21

AFGHANISTAN ALBANIA ARMENIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRIA AZERBAIJAN BAHAMAS BAHRAIN BANGLADESH BELGIUM BELIZE BHUTAN BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA BOTSWANA BRAZIL BRUNEI CAMEROON CANADA CHILE COLOMBIA CYPRUS CZECH REPUBLIC DENMARK EGYPT ESTONIA ETHIOPIA FIJI FINLAND FRANCE GEORGIA GERMANY GHANA GREECE HUNGARY INDIA INDONESIA IRAQ IRELAND ISRAEL ITALY JAMAICA JAPAN JORDAN KENYA KOSOVO KUWAIT LEBANON LITHUANIA MALAWI MALAYSIA MALDIVES MALI MALTA MOLDOVA MONGOLIA MONTENEGRO MOROCCO NEPAL NETHERLANDS NEW ZEALAND NIGER NIGERIA NORTH MACEDONIA NORWAY OMAN PAKISTAN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES PARAGUAY POLAND PORTUGAL QATAR ROMANIA SAUDI ARABIA SIERRA LEONE SINGAPORE SLOVAKIA SOUTH KOREA SPAIN SRI LANKA SWITZERLAND THAILAND TONGA TUNISIA UGANDA UKRAINE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES URUGUAY USA

Note: MOD records information on International Defence Training (IDT) by financial year, rather than by calendar year. Information is taken from a central IDT database. Some activity may not be captured on that database.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what, items of second-hand Chinese equipment have been purchased by the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2015.

The Ministry of Defence has not purchased any second-hand Chinese manufactured equipment since 2015.

I refer the noble Lord to the previous replies given by my hon. Friend, Jeremy Quin MP (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence) to Questions 141933, answered on 27 January 2021, and 134370, answered on 13 January 2021.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what, declaration forms under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland the Ministry of Defence has to complete to move personnel and equipment to Northern Ireland.

The Protocol is clear that it respects the essential state functions and territorial integrity of the UK. It therefore places no restrictions on military movements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

There is no additional paperwork required to move personnel and equipment to Northern Ireland.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional (1) personal protection equipment, and (2) training, for Armed Forces personnel to carry out door-to-door COVID-19 testing.

Armed Forces personnel have been carrying out door-to-door testing as part of Defence's ongoing COVID-19 response.

The safety and welfare of our Armed Forces is paramount, and all personnel wear appropriate PPE, in line with Public Health England guidance and existing Force protection measures.

No additional training is required, but all personnel are suitably briefed to carry out testing.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel have died as a result of COVID-19.

As of 30 September 2020, three UK Armed Forces personnel have died where COVID-19 was either the primary cause of death or associated with the cause of death.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
30th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are currently isolating due to COVID-19.

As at Thursday 24 September 2020, 6,142 UK Armed Forces personnel were reported as isolating due to COVID-19.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many houses on the defence estate are available to survivors of domestic abuse.

There is no statutory offence of ‘domestic abuse’ and actions amounting to it could be recorded under a number of offences such as Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), Actual Bodily Harm (ABH), Common Assault or sexual offences. Furthermore, within military police crime-recording systems, the categorisation of whether an incident involves ‘domestic violence’ or not, is not a mandatory field, meaning that the figures provided are indicative only.

The first document provided gives figures for the number of reported offences for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date where the incident has been categorised as involving domestic violence. The second document provided gives figures for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date, for the number of GBH, ABH, and Common Assault offences. The noble Lord should note that in both of the documents, the figures given are for reported offences – that is, to say an allegation has been made. These figures do not relate to charges brought or court convictions.

An average time cannot be given regarding the Chain of Command (CoC) reporting such incidents to the Service Police. Every case would require examination to determine when it was reported to the Service Police and not every investigation file may contain the date when an incident was originally reported to the CoC. Therefore, we would not be able to provide a complete answer and what we could provide could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However where reported to the CoC, any incident of domestic abuse must be reported to the Service Police no later than 24 hours after the incident has occurred. Further to this, a referral to the Welfare Service must be made in any situation involving domestic abuse or similar allegations.

Whilst there are no houses on the defence estate dedicated specifically for survivors of domestic abuse, support is provided through a suite of policies which seek to provide housing options for families in times of estrangement.

Short term accommodation for welfare or compassionate reasons is administered by Service welfare associations. Tri-Service accommodation policy requires the provision of welfare houses at each designated establishment, scaled to reflect density of Service population. Unit welfare staff, in conjunction with civilian police and local authorities assess whether utilisation of such are in the best interests of safeguarding abuse survivors, and may provide alternative accommodation (through local authority or charitable provision) if distance between perpetrator and survivor is required.

The MOD is currently reviewing the tri-service policy on domestic abuse with the help of leading charity Hestia, who sit alongside MOD on the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse. It is intended that this policy apply to the whole force – civilians, contractors and the single Services. The review will also focus on the availability of accommodation for survivors, taking advice from the domestic abuse charity Standing Together. MOD intends to refresh and re-launch the policy towards the end of 2020.

The MOD continually monitors whole force data on domestic abuse for prevalence and risk factors – this has been of particular focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. This data is disseminated and discussed within the MOD Domestic Abuse Stakeholder Forum the Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG), which meets quarterly. The DAWG seeks advice and guidance from national domestic abuse charities like Hestia, Aurora New Dawn and the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, resulting in continual policy improvement.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days, on average, it takes for the British Armed Forces chain of command to engage with the Royal Military Police on reports of domestic abuse.

There is no statutory offence of ‘domestic abuse’ and actions amounting to it could be recorded under a number of offences such as Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), Actual Bodily Harm (ABH), Common Assault or sexual offences. Furthermore, within military police crime-recording systems, the categorisation of whether an incident involves ‘domestic violence’ or not, is not a mandatory field, meaning that the figures provided are indicative only.

The first document provided gives figures for the number of reported offences for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date where the incident has been categorised as involving domestic violence. The second document provided gives figures for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date, for the number of GBH, ABH, and Common Assault offences. The noble Lord should note that in both of the documents, the figures given are for reported offences – that is, to say an allegation has been made. These figures do not relate to charges brought or court convictions.

An average time cannot be given regarding the Chain of Command (CoC) reporting such incidents to the Service Police. Every case would require examination to determine when it was reported to the Service Police and not every investigation file may contain the date when an incident was originally reported to the CoC. Therefore, we would not be able to provide a complete answer and what we could provide could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However where reported to the CoC, any incident of domestic abuse must be reported to the Service Police no later than 24 hours after the incident has occurred. Further to this, a referral to the Welfare Service must be made in any situation involving domestic abuse or similar allegations.

Whilst there are no houses on the defence estate dedicated specifically for survivors of domestic abuse, support is provided through a suite of policies which seek to provide housing options for families in times of estrangement.

Short term accommodation for welfare or compassionate reasons is administered by Service welfare associations. Tri-Service accommodation policy requires the provision of welfare houses at each designated establishment, scaled to reflect density of Service population. Unit welfare staff, in conjunction with civilian police and local authorities assess whether utilisation of such are in the best interests of safeguarding abuse survivors, and may provide alternative accommodation (through local authority or charitable provision) if distance between perpetrator and survivor is required.

The MOD is currently reviewing the tri-service policy on domestic abuse with the help of leading charity Hestia, who sit alongside MOD on the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse. It is intended that this policy apply to the whole force – civilians, contractors and the single Services. The review will also focus on the availability of accommodation for survivors, taking advice from the domestic abuse charity Standing Together. MOD intends to refresh and re-launch the policy towards the end of 2020.

The MOD continually monitors whole force data on domestic abuse for prevalence and risk factors – this has been of particular focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. This data is disseminated and discussed within the MOD Domestic Abuse Stakeholder Forum the Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG), which meets quarterly. The DAWG seeks advice and guidance from national domestic abuse charities like Hestia, Aurora New Dawn and the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, resulting in continual policy improvement.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to analyse 'Whole Force' data (1) to identify the prevalence of domestic abuse and potential risk factors, and (2) to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention measures and interventions, in order to refine and improve the policy and practice of the British Armed Forces.

There is no statutory offence of ‘domestic abuse’ and actions amounting to it could be recorded under a number of offences such as Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), Actual Bodily Harm (ABH), Common Assault or sexual offences. Furthermore, within military police crime-recording systems, the categorisation of whether an incident involves ‘domestic violence’ or not, is not a mandatory field, meaning that the figures provided are indicative only.

The first document provided gives figures for the number of reported offences for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date where the incident has been categorised as involving domestic violence. The second document provided gives figures for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date, for the number of GBH, ABH, and Common Assault offences. The noble Lord should note that in both of the documents, the figures given are for reported offences – that is, to say an allegation has been made. These figures do not relate to charges brought or court convictions.

An average time cannot be given regarding the Chain of Command (CoC) reporting such incidents to the Service Police. Every case would require examination to determine when it was reported to the Service Police and not every investigation file may contain the date when an incident was originally reported to the CoC. Therefore, we would not be able to provide a complete answer and what we could provide could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However where reported to the CoC, any incident of domestic abuse must be reported to the Service Police no later than 24 hours after the incident has occurred. Further to this, a referral to the Welfare Service must be made in any situation involving domestic abuse or similar allegations.

Whilst there are no houses on the defence estate dedicated specifically for survivors of domestic abuse, support is provided through a suite of policies which seek to provide housing options for families in times of estrangement.

Short term accommodation for welfare or compassionate reasons is administered by Service welfare associations. Tri-Service accommodation policy requires the provision of welfare houses at each designated establishment, scaled to reflect density of Service population. Unit welfare staff, in conjunction with civilian police and local authorities assess whether utilisation of such are in the best interests of safeguarding abuse survivors, and may provide alternative accommodation (through local authority or charitable provision) if distance between perpetrator and survivor is required.

The MOD is currently reviewing the tri-service policy on domestic abuse with the help of leading charity Hestia, who sit alongside MOD on the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse. It is intended that this policy apply to the whole force – civilians, contractors and the single Services. The review will also focus on the availability of accommodation for survivors, taking advice from the domestic abuse charity Standing Together. MOD intends to refresh and re-launch the policy towards the end of 2020.

The MOD continually monitors whole force data on domestic abuse for prevalence and risk factors – this has been of particular focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. This data is disseminated and discussed within the MOD Domestic Abuse Stakeholder Forum the Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG), which meets quarterly. The DAWG seeks advice and guidance from national domestic abuse charities like Hestia, Aurora New Dawn and the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, resulting in continual policy improvement.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been spent by the Ministry of Defence to implement the Armed Forces Families' Strategy in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020 to date.

Although it is not possible to provide the figures requested, the UK Armed Forces Families Strategy remains one of our priorities, setting the principles against which the Ministry of Defence (MOD) formulates policy; this acknowledges the challenges which mobility and separation present to family life, alongside the numerous positive aspects of Service life. Success is measured in satisfaction levels and improved outcomes for families, rather than in financial expenditure. In adhering to the principles of the strategy MOD has introduced flexible working, the Future Accommodation Model and is working across government, in the devolved administrations and the charitable sector to mitigate disadvantage in access to education and healthcare through the Armed Forces Covenant. £317 million has been provided by MOD to circa 21,000 families under the Forces Help to Buy Scheme - the current tranche of the scheme runs until December 2022 and we will actively look to extend this. This Government has committed to funding wrap around childcare for Armed Forces families, and recently announced the launch of a pilot programme beginning in September.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Ministry of Defence has provided to other Government departments on the military capability of the OneWeb satellite system.

The investment in OneWeb is not a Defence matter. The SKYNET satellite programme will provide for global military communications and no formal assessment has been made of the military use of OneWeb.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Ministry of Defence has made of the military capability of the OneWeb satellite system.

The investment in OneWeb is not a Defence matter. The SKYNET satellite programme will provide for global military communications and no formal assessment has been made of the military use of OneWeb.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence has spent on training related to (1) the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and (2) preventing sexual violence initiatives, in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019, and (e) 2020 to date.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) are unable to answer the noble Lord’s question due to the way funding is tracked and division of policy areas. Defence have approached the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in military operations through a combination of dedicated training courses and specific modules added to existing training.

In support of the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2018 – 2022, the MOD have issued a Joint Service Publication 1325; ‘Human Security in Military Operations’ supported by a two-week Human security Advisers Course. This provides an advanced understanding of Defence’s role in the prevention of sexual violence in conflict through; gendered approaches to planning and operations, appropriate response to survivors, and reporting mechanisms.

Tailored modules have also been embedded to routine training for; deploying peacekeepers, overseas capacity building for troop contributing countries, military planners, policy advisers, Defence Attachés and headquarters and units across the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF at home and overseas.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is a full member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance; the Army act as the lead point of contact for MOD.

The MOD’s Suicide Prevention Working Group (now renamed as the Suicide Prevention Review Implementation Board (SPRIB)) was created in 2018 in response to an internal review on suicide within the Armed Forces. The first meeting took place on 13 November 2018, with the group meeting on three occasions in 2019 (March, May and September). The majority of recommendations were actioned within this time, yet further work was required on the key recommendation on the creation of a Defence Suicide Registry (DSR). To enable focus on this work, the SPRIB was paused until the DSR Project had completed its discovery phase, which concluded in March 2020, and the SPRIB will reconvene in the autumn.

Suicide rates in the UK Regular Armed Forces have shown a declining trend since the 1990’s, and for the last twenty years rates have been lower than the general population. The suicide rate among males aged 16-59 years in the UK between the general population in 2018 (latest data available) was 20 per 100,000 compared to a UK Armed Forces rate of 11 per 100,000 in 2018.

However, we are not complacent. One suicide is one too many and a tragedy for the individual, their family, friends and colleagues. The MOD and NHS(England) have jointly commissioned Manchester university to undertake a study into the factors which led to suicide for both serving and veteran personnel.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports of domestic abuse (1) the Royal Military Police, (2) the Royal Air Force Police, and (3) the Royal Navy Police, dealt with in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, (e) 2019, and (f) 2020 to date.

There is no statutory offence of ‘domestic abuse’ and actions amounting to it could be recorded under a number of offences such as Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), Actual Bodily Harm (ABH), Common Assault or sexual offences. Furthermore, within military police crime-recording systems, the categorisation of whether an incident involves ‘domestic violence’ or not, is not a mandatory field, meaning that the figures provided are indicative only.

The first document provided gives figures for the number of reported offences for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date where the incident has been categorised as involving domestic violence. The second document provided gives figures for each Service for the years 2015-2020 to date, for the number of GBH, ABH, and Common Assault offences. The noble Lord should note that in both of the documents, the figures given are for reported offences – that is, to say an allegation has been made. These figures do not relate to charges brought or court convictions.

An average time cannot be given regarding the Chain of Command (CoC) reporting such incidents to the Service Police. Every case would require examination to determine when it was reported to the Service Police and not every investigation file may contain the date when an incident was originally reported to the CoC. Therefore, we would not be able to provide a complete answer and what we could provide could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However where reported to the CoC, any incident of domestic abuse must be reported to the Service Police no later than 24 hours after the incident has occurred. Further to this, a referral to the Welfare Service must be made in any situation involving domestic abuse or similar allegations.

Whilst there are no houses on the defence estate dedicated specifically for survivors of domestic abuse, support is provided through a suite of policies which seek to provide housing options for families in times of estrangement.

Short term accommodation for welfare or compassionate reasons is administered by Service welfare associations. Tri-Service accommodation policy requires the provision of welfare houses at each designated establishment, scaled to reflect density of Service population. Unit welfare staff, in conjunction with civilian police and local authorities assess whether utilisation of such are in the best interests of safeguarding abuse survivors, and may provide alternative accommodation (through local authority or charitable provision) if distance between perpetrator and survivor is required.

The MOD is currently reviewing the tri-service policy on domestic abuse with the help of leading charity Hestia, who sit alongside MOD on the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse. It is intended that this policy apply to the whole force – civilians, contractors and the single Services. The review will also focus on the availability of accommodation for survivors, taking advice from the domestic abuse charity Standing Together. MOD intends to refresh and re-launch the policy towards the end of 2020.

The MOD continually monitors whole force data on domestic abuse for prevalence and risk factors – this has been of particular focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. This data is disseminated and discussed within the MOD Domestic Abuse Stakeholder Forum the Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG), which meets quarterly. The DAWG seeks advice and guidance from national domestic abuse charities like Hestia, Aurora New Dawn and the Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, resulting in continual policy improvement.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Ministry of Defence's Suicide Prevention Working Group met in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020 to date.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is a full member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance; the Army act as the lead point of contact for MOD.

The MOD’s Suicide Prevention Working Group (now renamed as the Suicide Prevention Review Implementation Board (SPRIB)) was created in 2018 in response to an internal review on suicide within the Armed Forces. The first meeting took place on 13 November 2018, with the group meeting on three occasions in 2019 (March, May and September). The majority of recommendations were actioned within this time, yet further work was required on the key recommendation on the creation of a Defence Suicide Registry (DSR). To enable focus on this work, the SPRIB was paused until the DSR Project had completed its discovery phase, which concluded in March 2020, and the SPRIB will reconvene in the autumn.

Suicide rates in the UK Regular Armed Forces have shown a declining trend since the 1990’s, and for the last twenty years rates have been lower than the general population. The suicide rate among males aged 16-59 years in the UK between the general population in 2018 (latest data available) was 20 per 100,000 compared to a UK Armed Forces rate of 11 per 100,000 in 2018.

However, we are not complacent. One suicide is one too many and a tragedy for the individual, their family, friends and colleagues. The MOD and NHS(England) have jointly commissioned Manchester university to undertake a study into the factors which led to suicide for both serving and veteran personnel.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees at the Ministry for Defence have lost their jobs due to (1) discriminatory, and (2) racist, behaviour towards other employees since 2010. [T]

The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I can assure the Noble Lord that the Ministry of Defence and the UK Armed Forces are committed to taking action to eradicate any discriminatory and racist behaviour towards other employees and have a zero-tolerance approach. All allegations of illegal or unacceptable behaviour are taken extremely seriously and investigated thoroughly.

I also refer the Noble Lord to the answer given in the House of Commons on 18 June 2020 by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans to the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Jamie Stone MP, to Question 61568.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much annual funding the International Biological Security Programme received in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020. [T]

The Ministry of Defence has provided annual funding for the International Biological Security Programme in these Financial Years as follows:

2016-17 - £300,000

2017-18 - £300,000

2018-19 - £200,000

2019-20 - £200,000

2020-21 - £200,000

During this period the International Biological Security Programme has received the following additional funding from cross-Government funds:

2018-19 - £140,000

2019-20 - £585,000

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what timescale they have set for the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Ministry of Defence has launched a Climate Change and Sustainability Review to develop the Department's response to the Government's commitment to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The Review is currently at the scoping stage; setting the ambition, refreshing the baseline and establishing our route to net zero. The Review aims to have a clear Plan in place and be driving implementation from the end of 2020.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a public consultation as part of the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As part of the Ministry of Defence's Climate Change and Sustainability Review, and subject to security constraints, the review will seek input and advice from the wide range of sources both within and external to the Department.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the review of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will relate to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

Tackling climate change is a national priority and one of the most pressing issues the world faces. It will influence many areas covered by the Integrated Review. The Ministry of Defence's internal review of our contribution to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 aims to clarify our sustainability priorities, as well as inform decision-making throughout the Integrated Review.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Sustainable Ministry of Defence annual report will be published.

For 2018-19 Sustainable Ministry of Defence reporting was integrated into the Annual Report and Accounts and this will continue for 2019-20.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of carbon emissions for the Ministry of Defence each year.

The Ministry of Defence 2018-19 carbon emissions from the defence estate and domestic business travel was 0.82 million tonnes of CO2e. Further details are available in the Department's Annual Report and Accounts at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministry-of-defence-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-19

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)